List of Dallas Mavericks head coaches

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Rick Carlisle is the current coach for the Dallas Mavericks.

The Dallas Mavericks are an American professional basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. They play in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1] The team joined the NBA in 1980 as an expansion team,[2] and won their first Western Conference championship in 2006.[3] The Mavericks have played their home games at the American Airlines Center since 2001.[4] The Mavericks are owned by Mark Cuban, and Donnie Nelson is their general manager.[5]

There have been nine head coaches for the Mavericks franchise. The franchise's first head coach was Dick Motta, who served for two non-consecutive stints, and coached for nine seasons with the Mavericks. Motta is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season games coached (738); Don Nelson, Donnie Nelson's father, is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular-season game wins (339); Avery Johnson is the franchise's all-time leader for the most playoff games coached (47), the most playoff-game wins (23), and the highest winning percentage in the regular season (.735). Nelson is also named one of the top 10 coaches in NBA history.[6] Johnson led the Mavericks to the franchise's first Finals appearance in 2006, only to lose to the Miami Heat in six games.[3] Johnson is also the only Mavericks coach to have won the NBA Coach of the Year Award, having won it in the 2005–06 season.[7] Quinn Buckner and Jim Cleamons have spent their entire NBA coaching careers with the Mavericks. Only one of the Mavericks coaches, Don Nelson has been elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach.[8] Rick Carlisle has been the head coach of the Mavericks since 2008.[9] Carlisle led the Mavericks to the franchise's first NBA Championship in its second Finals appearance, defeating the Miami Heat in six games in the 2011 NBA Finals.


Key[edit]

GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
Win% Winning percentage
# Number of coaches[a]
* Spent entire NBA head coaching career with the Mavericks
dagger Elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach

Coaches[edit]

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2013–14 season.

# Name Term[b] GC W L Win% GC W L Win% Achievements Reference
Regular season Playoffs
1 Motta, DickDick Motta 19801987 574 267 307 .465 28 11 17 .393 [10]
2 MacLeod, JohnJohn MacLeod 19871989 175 96 79 .549 17 10 7 .588 [11]
3 Adubato, RichieRichie Adubato 19891992 264 94 170 .356 3 0 3 .000 [12]
4 Heard, GarGar Heard 1992–1993 53 9 44 .170 [13]
5 Buckner, QuinnQuinn Buckner* 1993–1994 82 13 69 .159 [14]
Motta, DickDick Motta 19941996 164 62 102 .378 [10]
6 Cleamons, JimJim Cleamons* 19961997 98 28 70 .286 [15]
7 Nelson, DonDon Nelsondagger 19972005 590 339 251 .575 43 19 24 .442 One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history[6] [16]
8 Johnson, AveryAvery Johnson 20052008 264 194 70 .735 47 23 24 .489 2005–06 NBA Coach of the Year[7]
2005–06 Western Conference championship[3]
[17]
9 Carlisle, RickRick Carlisle 2008–present 968 569 399 .588 110 56 54 .509 1 NBA Championship (2011) [18]

Notes[edit]

  • a A running total of the number of coaches of the Mavericks. Thus, any coach who has two or more separate terms as head coach is only counted once.
  • b Each year is linked to an article about that particular NBA season.

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "2008-2009 Division Regular Season Standings". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved December 8, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Mavs History". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved December 8, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c "2005-07 Dallas Mavericks Statistics". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 8, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Dallas Mavericks". American Airlines Center. Retrieved December 8, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Mavs Front Office". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved December 8, 2008. 
  6. ^ a b "Top 10 Coaches in NBA History". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved July 30, 2008. 
  7. ^ a b "NBA postseason awards - Coach of the Year". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved December 8, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinees By Category". Basketball Hall of Fame. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 8, 2008. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Dallas Mavericks Coach Register". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 8, 2008. 
  10. ^ a b "Dick Motta Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 8, 2008. 
  11. ^ "John MacLeod Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 8, 2008. 
  12. ^ "Richie Adubato Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 8, 2008. 
  13. ^ "Gar Heard Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 8, 2008. 
  14. ^ "Quinn Buckner Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 8, 2008. 
  15. ^ "Jim Cleamons Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 8, 2008. 
  16. ^ "Don Nelson Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 8, 2008. 
  17. ^ "Avery Johnson Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 8, 2008. 
  18. ^ "Rick Carlisle Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved June 13, 2011.