The NBA’s 5 All-Time Greatest Coaches
1. Phil Jackson
Jackson is the best coach in history. As a coach, he has won nine championships. Sure, he has Jordan, Pippen, Shaq, and Kobe as four of the greatest players in NBA history, but no one can question what he has accomplished. In his 18-year career, he had an incredible 980-418 record. He also has the highest ever winning % of.703 in his career.
With 193, he has the most playoff victories. In the 1995-96 season, he was named NBA Coach of the Year. He has the opportunity to win additional titles as the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, one of the finest teams in the league. Finally, in 2007, he was admitted into the Hall of Fame.
2. Red Auerbach
Auerbach was known as the NBA’s “Godfather.” He spent nearly 30 years as a coach and executive with the Boston Celtics. He coached the Celtics to nine championships during his career, including an incredible eight straight triumphs from 1959 to 1966.
He had an 823-426 record and a.659 winning percentage. He also has a 91-60 career postseason record with a.603 winning percentage. In 1965, he was again named NBA Coach of the Year. In 1969, he was finally admitted into the Hall of Fame.
3. Gregg Popovich
Over the last ten seasons, Popovich has been one of the greatest, if not the best, coaches in the league. He has guided the San Antonio Spurs to four championships and 633 victories with only 305 losses in his 13-year career. He was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2002-03 and has a winning percentage of.646 or better in 11 consecutive seasons. In the future, he will be admitted into the Hall of Fame.
4. Pat Riley
Riley was the head coach of the 1980s’ “Showtime” Lakers. He has five championships in his 24-year coaching career with the Lakers, Knicks, and Heat (four with the Lakers and one with the Heat). In addition, he has a 1210-694 record, with a.636 winning percentage.
In 1990, 1993, and 1997, he was named NBA Coach of the Year three times. With the exception of his final season with the Heat, he guided his club to the playoffs every season of his career. With 171 playoff victories, he is second in the league.
5. Larry Brown
Brown is the best coach in history at making the most of bad squads. He has a 1240-910 record and a.577 winning % in his 25-year stint as an NBA head coach. He is the only coach in history to win a championship with both a collegiate and an NBA team.
He won championships with the Kansas Jayhawks in 1988 and the Detroit Pistons in 2004. He’s also the only coach in league history to have taken seven separate teams to the playoffs. Finally, with the 76ers, he won Coach of the Year in 2000-01 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002.