List of Oklahoma City Thunder head coaches

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The Oklahoma City Thunder plays at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, since 2008.
Scott Brooks is the Oklahoma City Thunder coach.

The Oklahoma City Thunder is an American professional basketball franchise based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It plays in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). It was known as the Seattle SuperSonics from 1967 to 2008. The team plays its home games at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.[1] As of October 2008, the Thunder is currently owned by Professional Basketball Club LLC and coached by Scott Brooks,[2] with Sam Presti as its general manager. The team was formed in 1967. After spending 41 years in Seattle, Washington, the SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City. Owner Clay Bennett, who purchased the team in 2006, sought to get public funding for a new arena in Seattle, or a major renovation of the KeyArena in 2007. After failing to do so, he decided to move the team to Oklahoma City.[3] Seattle sued Bennett's group to enforce the lease that required the team to stay until 2010. The two sides reached a $45 million settlement to pay off the team's lease with KeyArena in July 2008.[4][5]

There have been 16 head coaches for the Thunder franchise. The franchise won its only NBA championship in the 1979 NBA Finals while coached by Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens. Wilkens is the only member of the franchise to have been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach.[6] He is also the franchise's all-time leader in regular-season games coached, regular-season games won, playoff games coached, and playoff games won. Wilkens, Nate McMillan and Bob Weiss formerly played for the team in Seattle.[7][8][9] Current head coach Scott Brooks is the only coach to have won the NBA Coach of the Year Award with the franchise.[10]

Key[edit]

GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
Win% Winning percentage
# Number of coaches[a]
* Spent entire NBA head coaching career with the Sonics/Thunder
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 Bianchi, AlAl Bianchi 19671969 164 53 111 .323 [11]
2 Wilkens, LennyLenny Wilkensdagger 19691972 (as player-coach) 246 121 125 .492 One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history[12] [6]
3 Nissalke, TomTom Nissalke 1972–1973 45 13 32 .289 [13]
4 Buckwalter, BuckyBucky Buckwalter 1973 37 13 24 .351 [14]
5 Russell, BillBill Russell 19731977 328 162 166 .494 15 6 9 .400 [15]
6 Hopkins, BobBob Hopkins* 1977 22 5 17 .227 [16]
Wilkens, LennyLenny Wilkensdagger 19771985 634 357 277 .563 69 37 32 .536 1 NBA championship (1979)
One of the top 10 coaches in NBA history[12]
[6]
7 Bickerstaff, BernieBernie Bickerstaff 19851990 410 202 208 .493 27 12 15 .444 [17]
8 Jones, K. C.K. C. Jones 19901992 118 59 59 .500 5 2 3 .400 [18]
9 Kloppenburg, BobBob Kloppenburg 1992 4 2 2 .500 [19]
10 Karl, GeorgeGeorge Karl 19921998 534 384 150 .719 80 40 40 .500 [20]
11 Westphal, PaulPaul Westphal 19982000 147 76 71 .517 5 2 3 .400 [21]
12 McMillan, NateNate McMillan 20002005 395 212 183 .537 16 8 8 .500 [22]
13 Weiss, BobBob Weiss 2005–2006 30 13 17 .433 [23]
14 Hill, BobBob Hill 20062007 134 53 81 .396 [24]
15 Carlesimo, P. J.P. J. Carlesimo 20072008 95 21 74 .221 [25]
16 Brooks, ScottScott Brooks* 2008–present 463 293 170 .633 73 39 34 .534 2009–10 NBA Coach of the Year[10] [26]

Notes[edit]

  • a A running total of the number of coaches of the Sonics/Thunder. 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. ^ "City Preparing Ford Center For NBA Team". KOCO Oklahoma City. Hearst Television Inc. July 3, 2008. Retrieved July 4, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Carlesimo fired; Brooks to take over Thunder in interim". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  3. ^ Johns, Greg (November 2, 2007). "Bennett says Sonics going to Oklahoma". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Hearst Seattle Media, LLC. Retrieved April 2, 2008. 
  4. ^ "SuperSonics, Seattle reach last-minute settlement". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. July 3, 2008. Retrieved July 2, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Sonics, city reach settlement". The Seattle Times. The Seattle Times Company. July 2, 2008. Retrieved July 2, 2008. 
  6. ^ a b c "Lenny Wilkens Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 28, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Lenny Wilkens Playing Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 11, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Nate McMillan Playing Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 11, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Bob Weiss Playing Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 11, 2008. 
  10. ^ a b "Coach of the Year". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Al Bianchi Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 28, 2008. 
  12. ^ a b "Top 10 Coaches in NBA History". NBA.com. National Basketball Association. Retrieved October 9, 2008. 
  13. ^ "Tom Nissalke Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 28, 2008. 
  14. ^ "Bucky Buckwalter Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 28, 2008. 
  15. ^ "Bill Russell Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 28, 2008. 
  16. ^ "Bob Hopkins Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 28, 2008. 
  17. ^ "Bernie Bickerstaff Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 28, 2008. 
  18. ^ "K.C. Jones Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 28, 2008. 
  19. ^ "Bob Kloppenburg Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 28, 2008. 
  20. ^ "George Karl Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 28, 2008. 
  21. ^ "Paul Westphal Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 26, 2008. 
  22. ^ "Nate McMillan Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 26, 2008. 
  23. ^ "Bob Weiss Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 26, 2008. 
  24. ^ "Bob Hill Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 26, 2008. 
  25. ^ "P.J. Carlesimo Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 26, 2008. 
  26. ^ "Scott Brooks Coaching Record". basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 14, 2010.