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. Eighteen 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]

GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
Win% Winning percentage
* Spent entire NBA head coaching career with the current franchise
dagger Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach

Coaches[edit]

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

Head coach Team Division Conference Start date[a] GC W L Win% GC W L Win% Ref.
Current[b] Career[c]
Budenholzer, MikeMike Budenholzer* Atlanta Hawks Southeast Eastern May 28, 2013 82 38 44 .463 82 38 44 .463 [4][5]
Stevens, BradBrad Stevens* Boston Celtics Atlantic Eastern July 3, 2013 82 25 57 .305 82 25 57 .305 [6][7]
Hollins, LionelLionel Hollins Brooklyn Nets Atlantic Eastern July 2, 2014 0 0 0 .000 415 214 201 .516 [8][9]
Clifford, SteveSteve Clifford* Charlotte Hornets Southeast Eastern May 29, 2013 82 43 39 .524 82 43 39 .524 [10][11]
Thibodeau, TomTom Thibodeau* Chicago Bulls Central Eastern June 23, 2010 312 205 107 .657 312 205 107 .657 [12][13]
Blatt, DavidDavid Blatt* Cleveland Cavaliers Central Eastern June 20, 2014 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 [14]
Carlisle, RickRick Carlisle Dallas Mavericks Southwest Western May 9, 2008 476 288 188 .605 968 569 399 .588 [15][16]
Shaw, BrianBrian Shaw* Denver Nuggets Northwest Western June 25, 2013 82 36 46 .439 82 36 46 .439 [17][18]
Van Gundy, StanStan Van Gundy Detroit Pistons Central Eastern May 14, 2014 0 0 0 .000 579 371 208 .641 [19][20]
Kerr, SteveSteve Kerr* Golden State Warriors Pacific Western May 19, 2014 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 [21]
McHale, KevinKevin McHale Houston Rockets Southwest Western June 1, 2011 230 133 97 .578 324 172 152 .531 [22][23]
Vogel, FrankFrank Vogel* Indiana Pacers Central Eastern January 30, 2011 267 167 100 .625 267 167 100 .625 [24][25]
Rivers, DocDoc Rivers Los Angeles Clippers Pacific Western June 25, 2013 82 57 25 .695 1,142 644 498 .564 [26][27]
Scott, ByronByron Scott Los Angeles Lakers Pacific Western July 28, 2014 0 0 0 .000 937 416 521 .444 [28][29]
Joerger, DavidDavid Joerger* Memphis Grizzlies Southwest Western June 27, 2013 82 50 32 .610 82 50 32 .610 [30][31]
Spoelstra, ErikErik Spoelstra* Miami Heat Southeast Eastern April 28, 2008 476 314 162 .660 476 314 162 .660 [32][33]
Kidd, JasonJason Kidd Milwaukee Bucks Central Eastern July 1, 2014 0 0 0 .000 82 44 38 .537 [34][35]
Saunders, FlipFlip Saunders Minnesota Timberwolves Northwest Western June 6, 2014 0 0 0 .000[d] 1,164 638 526 .548 [36][37]
Williams, MontyMonty Williams* New Orleans Pelicans Southwest Western June 7, 2010 312 128 184 .410 312 128 184 .410 [38][39]
Fisher, DerekDerek Fisher* New York Knicks Atlantic Eastern June 10, 2014 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 [40]
Brooks, ScottScott Brooks* Oklahoma City Thunder Northwest Western November 22, 2008 463 293 170 .633 463 293 170 .633 [41][42]
Vaughn, JacqueJacque Vaughn* Orlando Magic Southeast Eastern July 28, 2012 164 43 121 .262 164 43 121 .262 [43][44]
Brown, BrettBrett Brown* Philadelphia 76ers Atlantic Eastern August 14, 2013 82 19 63 .232 82 19 63 .232 [45][46]
Hornacek, JeffJeff Hornacek* Phoenix Suns Pacific Western May 28, 2013 82 48 34 .585 82 48 34 .585 [47][48]
Stotts, TerryTerry Stotts Portland Trail Blazers Northwest Western August 7, 2012 164 87 77 .530 447 202 245 .405 [49][50]
Corbin, TyroneTyrone Corbin Sacramento Kings Pacific Western December 15, 2014 0 0 0 .000 258 112 146 .434 [51][52]
Popovich, GreggGregg Popovich* San Antonio Spurs Southwest Western December 10, 1996 1,410 967 443 .686 1,410 967 443 .686 [53][54]
Casey, DwaneDwane Casey Toronto Raptors Atlantic Eastern June 21, 2011 230 105 125 .457 352 158 194 .449 [55][56]
Snyder, QuinQuin Snyder* Utah Jazz Northwest Western June 6, 2014 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 [57]
Wittman, RandyRandy Wittman Washington Wizards Southeast Eastern January 24, 2012 213 91 122 .427 520 191 329 .367 [58][59]

Recent coaching changes[edit]

2014–15 pre-season[edit]

Team Departure date Outgoing head coach Reason for departure Hiring date Incoming head coach Last coaching position Ref.
Brooklyn Nets June 30, 2014 Kidd, JasonJason Kidd Hired by the Bucks[e] July 2, 2014 Hollins, LionelLionel Hollins Memphis Grizzlies head coach (20092013) [61][8]
Cleveland Cavaliers May 12, 2014 Brown, MikeMike Brown Fired June 20, 2014 David Blatt Maccabi Tel Aviv head coach (2010–2014) [62][14]
Detroit Pistons May 14, 2014 Loyer, JohnJohn Loyer (interim) Contract not renewed May 14, 2014 Van Gundy, StanStan Van Gundy Orlando Magic head coach (20072012) [19]
Golden State Warriors May 6, 2014 Jackson, MarkMark Jackson Fired May 19, 2014 Kerr, SteveSteve Kerr None[f] [63][21]
Los Angeles Lakers April 30, 2014 D'Antoni, MikeMike D'Antoni Resigned July 28, 2014 Scott, ByronByron Scott Cleveland Cavaliers head coach (20102013) [64][28]
Milwaukee Bucks June 30, 2014 Drew, LarryLarry Drew Fired July 1, 2014 Kidd, JasonJason Kidd Brooklyn Nets head coach (2013–2014) [65][34]
Minnesota Timberwolves April 21, 2014 Adelman, RickRick Adelman Retired June 6, 2014 Flip Saunders Washington Wizards head coach (20092012) [66][36]
New York Knicks April 21, 2014 Woodson, MikeMike Woodson Fired June 10, 2014 Fisher, DerekDerek Fisher None[g] [67][40]
Utah Jazz April 21, 2014 Corbin, TyroneTyrone Corbin Contract not renewed June 6, 2014 Quin Snyder Atlanta Hawks assistant coach (2013–2014) [68][57]

2014–15 season[edit]

Team Departure date Outgoing head coach Reason for departure Hiring date Incoming head coach Last coaching position Ref.
Sacramento Kings December 15, 2014 Malone, MichaelMichael Malone Fired December 15, 2014 Corbin, 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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