When fans talk about the NBA, they often argue about the players and teams that they think are the best. But one thing that they always look past is the coaches that run, teach, and coordinate those players and teams.
The NBA coaches are equally crucial to the team as the players are. Over the many years of the NBA, we have witnessed some incredible coaches with unique philosophies. In this article, we will focus on some of the greatest coaches that deservedly are inducted into the hall of fame.
Jackson is one of the greatest NBA coaches of all time, having won eleven championships in his career, which is more than any other coach. In the several teams that he's managed, he had four of the greatest NBA players in them, such as Jordan, Pippen, Shaq, and Kobe.
He holds the record for most career playoff victories with 229 at his name. Apart from the playoffs, Jackson also has a regular-season winning percentage of 0.704, which is the highest percentage of all time.
Red Auerbach is another legendary NBA coach who is most known for the incredible job that he has done whilst coaching the Boston Celtics. Between 1956 and 1966, Auerbach has won nine NBA championships, out of which eight were in a row.
He has a 0.662 regular-season winning record which he has accomplished with zero assistant coaches. Auerbach also holds the record for the coach that has led a team in the NBA All-Star Game, which he has done eleven times.
Although Gregg Popovich is still an active coach, he deserves to be on this list as he has made some incredible accomplishments. Popovich has led the Spurs to the playoffs for an astonishing 22 seasons in a row and won five titles.
He's got three NBA coach of the year awards to his name and a 0.659 regular-season winning percentage. Popovich also holds the record for the most victories across the regular season and the playoffs, which has recently surpassed 1,500.
In his long career in the NBA, Pat Riley has managed to win three NBA Coach of the Year Awards and five titles, out of which four were with the Los Angeles Lakers in the 80s, and one was in 2006 with the Miami Heat. He has a 0.636 regular-season winning record which came with 1,210 wins.
Riley has coached some of the most talented NBA players of all time, such as Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Patrick Ewing, Shaquille O'Neal, and Dwyane Wade. He is the only head coach in the NBA to be selected as the NBA Coach of the Year with three different teams.
Steve Kerr is another active head coach that deserves to be on this list as he has to lead the Golden State Warriors to three NBA championships in his first four seasons as a coach in the NBA. So far, Kerr holds a winning percentage of 0.636 and one NBA Coach of the Year Award.
He coached some of the best players of our generation, such as Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Kevin Durant.