The Top 10 NBA Coaches Coming into the 2010-2011 Season

Steven ResnickSenior Writer IAugust 21, 2010

The Top 10 NBA Coaches Coming into the 2010-2011 Season

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    There a variety of systems that are employed by the NBA coaches. The most well known is that of Phil Jackson and the triangle offense. There's other coaches that like to slow the pace down and prefer to play at a slower pace and preach defense. On the other hand there are other coaches who prefer an up and down system with very little defense. 

    This list will have a common theme though and that the teams have made the playoffs and the teams also play defense. Defense is just as important as offense. 

    With that being said here's a look at the top 10 coaches for the 2010-2011 season. 

10. Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat

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    Heading into the 2010-2011 season no coach will will be under the microscope then Spoelstra and if the Heat don't produce a championship then he maybe without a job. 

    Spoelestra worked his way up through the Heat organization to the point when general manager Pat Riley decided to relieve himself as coach after the 2007-2008 season he chose Spoelestra to be his replacement. 

    So, far in the two seasons he's coached the Heat have gone 90-74 for winning percentage of 54.9 percent, in the playoffs he's yet to get out of the first round and has a record of 4-8 which is a winning percentage of 33.3 percent.

    With the additions of Lebron James, Chris Bosh, Mike Miller, and the resigning of Udonis Haslem the Heat are looking for big things from this group. 

    With Dwyane Wade, James, and Bosh alongside Joel Anthony and Mario Chalmers the Heat should have a solid defensive club, but if they choose to push the tempo the Heat will be tough to stop offensively. 

9. Scott Skiles, Milwaukee Bucks

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    Scott Skiles is a coach that prides that his teams put out an effort defensively. Last year he guided the Milwaukee Bucks to a 46-36 record and nearly took out the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the playoffs. 

    With Andrew Bogut returning from his injury and the addition of Corey Maggette the Bucks should reach the playoffs again. Brandon Jennings a rookie last year does need to show improvement offensively as well. 

    Maggette should help Jennings shoot better from the field because he does demand attention because of his ability to drive. The one thing Skiles will work on with Maggette is that he does need to pass the ball and not look to score every time he touches the ball.

    This will be Skiles' third year in Milwaukee he has a record of 80-84 which is a winning percentage of 49 percent in the playoffs with the Bucks he has a winning percentage of 43 percent. 

    The Bucks starting lineup should be Brandon Jennings, John Salmons, Corey Magggette, Drew Gooden, Andrew Bogut. That could change though if the rumors are true that Bogut might not be ready for when the season starts after rehabbing his elbow injury. 


8. Larry Brown, Charlotte Bobcats

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    Larry Brown was brought into Charlotte by Michael Jordan two years ago. While his first season was a struggle last year the Bobcats were the best defensive team in the NBA only giving up 93.8 points per game.

    The biggest problem for the Bobcats wasn't the defense it was their scoring which ranked 28th. For a more successful season the Bobcats do need to score a little bit more. 

    In two seasons with the Bobcats, Brown is 79-85 which is a winning percentage of 48 percent. The Bobcats then were swept out of the playoffs. 

    Starting lineup for the Bobcats should be DJ Augustin, Stephen Jackson, Boris Diaw, Gerald Wallace, and DeSagana Diop.


7. Rick Adelman, Houston Rockets

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    This year could be big for the Houston Rockets as Yao Ming tries to comeback from his fracture foot. He would add a big lift to the Rockets who failed to make the playoffs last year. Adelman is one of the more underrated coaches in the NBA. 

    In his three years in Houston he has a record of 150-96 good for a winning percentage of 61 percent. In the playoffs he has a winning percentage of 47.3 percent. 

    Lineup should be Aaron Brooks, Kevin Martin, Shane Battier, Luis Scola, and Yao Ming. If Ming can't go then it will be Brad Miller who was signed during the offseason. 

6. Nate McMillan, Portland Trail Blazers

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    Nate McMillan has helped turn the Portland Trail Blazers around. The good news for Blazer fans is that the ownership has been patient as the Blazers have had a young team and are still developing. 

    McMillan has been through the stages of the rebuilding process to where the organization will be perennial playoff team. The question mark is can the Blazers get to the point where a championship is in their grasp? 

    In his five year coaching career with the Blazers McMillan has a record of 198-212 good for a winning percentage 48 percent, in the playoffs he has a winning percentage of 33.3 percent. 

    The lineup for the Blazers should be Andre Miller, Brandon Roy, Nicolas Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Greg Oden. 

5. Geoge Karl, Denver Nuggets

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    George Karl will make his triumphant return to the bench this season! His story is one of inspiration as he was diagnosed with neck cancer last season. Unfortunately the Nuggets fizzled without Karl pacing the sidelines down the stretch as Adrian Dantley took over while Karl was getting treatments. 

    Even more sad is the fact is that the rumors of Carmelo Anthony leaving is the biggest story coming from the Nuggets. The reality is the stories coming from Denver should be about the return of Karl. 

    Karl has been with the Nuggest for the last five and a half seasons after taking over midway through the 2004-2005 season. 

    In his career with the Nuggets he has a record of 278-172 good for a winning percentage of 62 percent. In the playoffs he has a winning percentage of 33.3 percent. 

    Starting lineup should look like this: Chauncey Billups, Arron Afflalo, Carmelo Anthony, Kenyon Martin, and Nene. 

4. Doc Rivers, Boston Celtics

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    At the end of last season there were rumors that Doc Rivers was going to step down as coach of the Boston Celtics, but Rivers put those rumors to rest by coming back to the Celtics for the 2010-2011 season. 

    Rivers has spent his last six seasons with the Celtics. In that time like McMillan he has seen the Celtics through some hard times and has taken the Celtics to the Finals twice, winning a championship in 2007-2008. 

    His record with the Celtics is 280-212 good for a winning percentage of 57 percent, in the playoffs his record gets even better with a winning percentage of 59. 

    The Celtics lineup should be Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, with either Shaquille O'Neal or Jermaine O'Neal starting until Kendrick Perkins comes back from injury. 

Number 3: Jerry Sloan, Utah Jazz

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    Jerry Sloan seems to get the most out of players year and year out and yet is hardly ever talked about. It's hard to argue with his success and being the longest tenured coach in the league. 

    He's been with the Utah Jazz since the 1988-1989 season which has been 22 years so far. He's got a record of 1096-659 good for a winning percentage of 62.4 percent. Playoff winning percentage with the Jazz has been 49 percent. 

    Starting lineup for the Jazz should be Deron Williams, C.J. Miles, Andrei Kirilenko, Al Jefferson, and Mehmet Okur. 


Number 2: Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs

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    Greg Popovich is the second longest tenured coach in the NBA. He's been with the Spurs since 1996-1997. After taking over after 18 games from Bob Hill. He's also earned one Coach of the Year Award. 

    In that time he's gone 736-362 good for a winning percentage of 67 percent and in the playoffs and 60.6 winning percentage. Popovich has led the Spurs to four championships. 

    The starting lineup for the Spurs should look like this Tony Parker, George Hill, Richard Jefferson, Tim Duncan, and Antonio McDyess. 

Number 1: Phil Jackson

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    There really wasn't much of a question of who is the number one coach in the NBA coming into the season. With his fifth championship with the Lakers he put himself over Popovich's four.

    In his 10 years so far with the Lakers he's got a record of 553-267 for a winning percentage of 67.4 percent. In the playoffs with the Lakers he has a winning percentage of 67 percent. 

    The Lakers starting lineup should be Derek Fisher, Kobe Bryant, Ron Artest, Pau Gasol, and Andrew Bynum.