List of current National Basketball Association head coaches

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Gregg Popovich has coached the San Antonio Spurs for more than 17 years.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a major professional basketball league in North America. The league was founded in 1946 as the Basketball Association of America (BAA).[1] The league adopted its current name at the start of the 1949–1950 season when it merged with the National Basketball League (NBL).[2] The league consists of 30 teams, of which 29 are located in the United States and one in Canada. In the NBA, a head coach is the highest ranking coach of a coaching staff. The list includes the date of hiring and the performance record of each coach.

Gregg Popovich has served as the San Antonio Spurs head coach for more than 17 seasons, longer than any other current head coach. Popovich has also coached the most games (1,410), won the most games (967), and lost the most games (443) among active coaches with their current team. Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks, Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle, and Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, are the second longest-tenured head coaches; having being appointed as head coach since the 2008–09 season. None of the active head coaches have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach.[3]

All active head coaches are American. 18 coaches have spent their entire head coaching careers with their current teams: Mike Budenholzer with the Atlanta Hawks, Brad Stevens with the Boston Celtics, Steve Clifford with the Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets, Tom Thibodeau with the Chicago Bulls, David Blatt with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Brian Shaw with the Denver Nuggets, Steve Kerr with the Golden State Warriors, Frank Vogel with the Indiana Pacers, David Joerger with the Memphis Grizzlies, Erik Spoelstra with the Miami Heat, Monty Williams with the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans, Derek Fisher with the New York Knicks, Scott Brooks with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Jacque Vaughn with the Orlando Magic, Brett Brown with the Philadelphia 76ers, Jeff Hornacek with the Phoenix Suns, Gregg Popovich with the San Antonio Spurs, and Quin Snyder with the Utah Jazz.

After the end of the 2013–14 regular season, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Los Angeles Lakers, the New York Knicks and the Utah Jazz part ways with Mike Brown, Mike D'Antoni, Mike Woodson and Tyrone Corbin respectively. Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman also left his position and announced his retirement after 23 seasons as head coach. On May 14, 2014, the Detroit Pistons hired Stan Van Gundy to replace interim head coach John Loyer. On May 19, after the Golden State Warriors were eliminated from the playoffs, they fired head coach Mark Jackson and replaced him with first-time head coach Steve Kerr. On June 6, 2014, Timberwolves president and part-owner Flip Saunders was named as their new head coach while the Jazz hired first-time head coach Quin Snyder. On June 10, 2014, the Knicks hired first-time head coach Derek Fisher who had just retired from playing. On June 20, 2014, the Cavaliers hired David Blatt, an American coach who has been coaching in Europe since 1993. On early July, the Milwaukee Bucks hired Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd to replace Larry Drew, while the Nets hired Lionel Hollins to replace Kidd. On July 28, 2014, the Lakers hired former Laker Byron Scott to be their new head coach.

On December 15, 2014, the Sacramento Kings fired head coach Michael Malone and his lead assistant Tyrone Corbin was appointed as interim head coach.

Key[edit]

GCGames coached
WWins
LLosses
Win%Winning percentage
*Spent entire NBA head coaching career with the current franchise
daggerElected to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach

Coaches[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct through the start of the 2014–15 season.

Head coachTeamDivisionConferenceStart date[a]GCWLWin%GCWLWin%Ref.
Current[b]Career[c]
Budenholzer, MikeMike Budenholzer*Atlanta HawksSoutheastEasternMay 28, 2013823844.463823844.463[4][5]
Stevens, BradBrad Stevens*Boston CelticsAtlanticEasternJuly 3, 2013822557.305822557.305[6][7]
Hollins, LionelLionel HollinsBrooklyn NetsAtlanticEasternJuly 2, 2014000.000415214201.516[8][9]
Clifford, SteveSteve Clifford*Charlotte HornetsSoutheastEasternMay 29, 2013824339.524824339.524[10][11]
Thibodeau, TomTom Thibodeau*Chicago BullsCentralEasternJune 23, 2010312205107.657312205107.657[12][13]
Blatt, DavidDavid Blatt*Cleveland CavaliersCentralEasternJune 20, 2014000.000000.000[14]
Carlisle, RickRick CarlisleDallas MavericksSouthwestWesternMay 9, 2008476288188.605968569399.588[15][16]
Shaw, BrianBrian Shaw*Denver NuggetsNorthwestWesternJune 25, 2013823646.439823646.439[17][18]
Van Gundy, StanStan Van GundyDetroit PistonsCentralEasternMay 14, 2014000.000579371208.641[19][20]
Kerr, SteveSteve Kerr*Golden State WarriorsPacificWesternMay 19, 2014000.000000.000[21]
McHale, KevinKevin McHaleHouston RocketsSouthwestWesternJune 1, 201123013397.578324172152.531[22][23]
Vogel, FrankFrank Vogel*Indiana PacersCentralEasternJanuary 30, 2011267167100.625267167100.625[24][25]
Rivers, DocDoc RiversLos Angeles ClippersPacificWesternJune 25, 2013825725.6951,142644498.564[26][27]
Scott, ByronByron ScottLos Angeles LakersPacificWesternJuly 28, 2014000.000937416521.444[28][29]
Joerger, DavidDavid Joerger*Memphis GrizzliesSouthwestWesternJune 27, 2013825032.610825032.610[30][31]
Spoelstra, ErikErik Spoelstra*Miami HeatSoutheastEasternApril 28, 2008476314162.660476314162.660[32][33]
Kidd, JasonJason KiddMilwaukee BucksCentralEasternJuly 1, 2014000.000824438.537[34][35]
Saunders, FlipFlip SaundersMinnesota TimberwolvesNorthwestWesternJune 6, 2014000.000[d]1,164638526.548[36][37]
Williams, MontyMonty Williams*New Orleans PelicansSouthwestWesternJune 7, 2010312128184.410312128184.410[38][39]
Fisher, DerekDerek Fisher*New York KnicksAtlanticEasternJune 10, 2014000.000000.000[40]
Brooks, ScottScott Brooks*Oklahoma City ThunderNorthwestWesternNovember 22, 2008463293170.633463293170.633[41][42]
Vaughn, JacqueJacque Vaughn*Orlando MagicSoutheastEasternJuly 28, 201216443121.26216443121.262[43][44]
Brown, BrettBrett Brown*Philadelphia 76ersAtlanticEasternAugust 14, 2013821963.232821963.232[45][46]
Hornacek, JeffJeff Hornacek*Phoenix SunsPacificWesternMay 28, 2013824834.585824834.585[47][48]
Stotts, TerryTerry StottsPortland Trail BlazersNorthwestWesternAugust 7, 20121648777.530447202245.405[49][50]
Corbin, TyroneTyrone CorbinSacramento KingsPacificWesternDecember 15, 2014000.000258112146.434[51][52]
Popovich, GreggGregg Popovich*San Antonio SpursSouthwestWesternDecember 10, 19961,410967443.6861,410967443.686[53][54]
Casey, DwaneDwane CaseyToronto RaptorsAtlanticEasternJune 21, 2011230105125.457352158194.449[55][56]
Snyder, QuinQuin Snyder*Utah JazzNorthwestWesternJune 6, 2014000.000000.000[57]
Wittman, RandyRandy WittmanWashington WizardsSoutheastEasternJanuary 24, 201221391122.427520191329.367[58][59]

Recent coaching changes[edit]

2014–15 pre-season[edit]

TeamDeparture dateOutgoing head coachReason for departureHiring dateIncoming head coachLast coaching positionRef.
Brooklyn NetsJune 30, 2014Kidd, JasonJason KiddHired by the Bucks[e]July 2, 2014Hollins, LionelLionel HollinsMemphis Grizzlies head coach (20092013)[61][8]
Cleveland CavaliersMay 12, 2014Brown, MikeMike BrownFiredJune 20, 2014David BlattMaccabi Tel Aviv head coach (2010–2014)[62][14]
Detroit PistonsMay 14, 2014Loyer, JohnJohn Loyer (interim)Contract not renewedMay 14, 2014Van Gundy, StanStan Van GundyOrlando Magic head coach (20072012)[19]
Golden State WarriorsMay 6, 2014Jackson, MarkMark JacksonFiredMay 19, 2014Kerr, SteveSteve KerrNone[f][63][21]
Los Angeles LakersApril 30, 2014D'Antoni, MikeMike D'AntoniResignedJuly 28, 2014Scott, ByronByron ScottCleveland Cavaliers head coach (20102013)[64][28]
Milwaukee BucksJune 30, 2014Drew, LarryLarry DrewFiredJuly 1, 2014Kidd, JasonJason KiddBrooklyn Nets head coach (2013–2014)[65][34]
Minnesota TimberwolvesApril 21, 2014Adelman, RickRick AdelmanRetiredJune 6, 2014Flip SaundersWashington Wizards head coach (20092012)[66][36]
New York KnicksApril 21, 2014Woodson, MikeMike WoodsonFiredJune 10, 2014Fisher, DerekDerek FisherNone[g][67][40]
Utah JazzApril 21, 2014Corbin, TyroneTyrone CorbinContract not renewedJune 6, 2014Quin SnyderAtlanta Hawks assistant coach (2013–2014)[68][57]

2014–15 season[edit]

TeamDeparture dateOutgoing head coachReason for departureHiring dateIncoming head coachLast coaching positionRef.
Sacramento KingsDecember 15, 2014Malone, MichaelMichael MaloneFiredDecember 15, 2014Corbin, TyroneTyrone Corbin (interim)Sacramento Kings assistant coach (2014)[51]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Start date of current term at the team; each date is linked to an article about that particular NBA season.
  2. ^ Coaching records from the current term with the team; coaching records from previous term with the team are not included.
  3. ^ Career coaching records in the NBA; records in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and other leagues are not included.
  4. ^ Current record does not include a 411–326 record Saunders compiled with the Timberwolves from 1995 to 2005
  5. ^ Jason Kidd still had two years left on his contract with the Nets when he was hired by the Bucks.[60] The Nets agreed to release him from his contract in exchange for two second-round picks in the 2015 and 2019 NBA drafts as compensation.[34]
  6. ^ Steve Kerr had no previous coaching experience as he only worked as NBA analyst and general manager since his retirement from playing career.
  7. ^ Derek Fisher had no previous coaching experience as he had just retired from playing at the end of the 2013–14 season.

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