Top 5 Head Coaches in the NBA
This a list of the NBA's top 5 Head Coaches,entering the upcoming 2009-2010 season.
I want to hear from you all on who on this list is worthy and who you think may not be worthy.
I hope you enjoy my article,and this should be one of the best NBA seasons in history this year with a lot of parity and good teams.
Don Nelson 69, is the second-winningest coach in NBA history, he is one of only two coaches in league history (joining Pat Riley) to earn NBA Coach of the Year honors on three different occasions (1983 and 1985 with Milwaukee, 1992 with Golden State), Nelson has enjoyed coaching stints in four NBA cities, including Milwaukee (1976-1987), Golden State (1988-1995, 2006-08), New York (1995-96) and Dallas (1997-2005). He is one of only two coaches in league annals (joining Wilkens) to register 250-plus victories with three different teams, having accomplished the feat in Milwaukee (540), Golden State (367) and Dallas (339).This upcoming season,he has ah chance to become the winningest coach in NBA History,he only needs 34 wins to break the record held by Lenny Wilkins.He also has a playoff record of 75-91 a winning pct. of .452.
George Karl 58,is the10th-winningest coach in NBA annals, Karl has amassed 933 wins in his 21 seasons in the NBA. In fact, of the 11 men ahead of him on the all-time wins list, only four: Phil Jackson, Red Auerbach, Pat Riley and Jerry Sloan have a better winning percentage. On March 22, 2003, he recorded his 700th career win in just 1,195 games. Only five coaches (Jackson, Riley, Auerbach, Sloan and Don Nelson) reached 700 wins in fewer games. Karl has not posted a losing record in 16-straight seasons. His teams have captured six division titles and have qualified for the playoffs 15 times. He has led three teams to the conference finals, including the 1996 Seattle SuperSonics, who lost in six games to the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals.Coming of last years Western Conference Finals Appearance,he will have his teamed primed for ah championship run.
Jerry Sloan 67, is fourth most wins all-time (1,137-751), seventh best winning percentage (.602) in NBA history (500-win minimum), two NBA Finals appearances (1997 and 1998) and six division titles. He has also guided the Jazz to 16 consecutive winning seasons and eleven 50-win seasons. Sloan’s teams have made 17 trips to the NBA Playoffs (17 w/ Utah: 1989-2003, ‘08) and his 94 playoff wins are the fifth most in NBA history. Sloan ranks first on the all-time list for consecutive games coached with one franchise (1,509), and also owns the record for most wins with one team (941). Earning his 11th 50-win season with a 51-31 record in 2006-07, Sloan is one of just three coaches in league history to win at least 50 games in 10 different seasons (Pat Riley-16, Phil Jackson-11). Sloan’s 16 straight winning seasons (1988-2004) are second-most all-time (Pat Riley had 19 from 1981-2001) and Sloan and Red Auerbach (11) are the only two coaches in NBA history to have 10 straight winning seasons with one team.There are some question marks for next as Carlos Boozer's impending trade is being speculated which might speel trouble for coach sloan and his teams playoff chances.
Greg Popovich 60, has 686 wins compared to 330 losses with a winning percentage of .675 in the regular season and a total of 102 wins and 63 losses in the playoffs with a winning percentage of .618. He has led the Spurs to four NBA Championships in his 11 seasons as the team’s head coach (1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007) … one of five coaches in history with four-or-more NBA Championships (along with Red Auerbach, Phil Jackson, John Kundla and Pat Riley).After an injury filled season to the big 3 last season the Spurs have reloaded with the additions of Richard Jefferson and Antonio Mcdyess,along with veteran Theo Ratliff and Rookie Dejuan Blair,Coach Pop and the Spurs are primed for another NBA title run.
Phil Jackson 63,is the sixth winningest coach in NBA history with 1,041 wins 435 losses with a winning percentage of .705 in the regular season,and is the all time winningest playoff coach with 209 wins 91 losses with a winning percentage of .697. Jackson guided the Lakers to three titles in his first stint as their head coach from 1999-2004, and recently guided them back to a title in 2009.He also guided the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships in his nine years as head coach from 1989-1998.He has had the luxury of coaching two of the most dynamic player combinations in NBA history in Jordan and Pippen aswell as O'neal and Bryant.Coming off this championship season and with the resigning of Odom and free agent pickup of Artest,coach jackson and the Lakers are primed and ready to defend their title.