List of current National Basketball Association head coaches

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Gregg Popovich has coached the San Antonio Spurs for 19 years.

This list includes the date of hiring and the performance record of current National Basketball Association head coaches. 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.

Gregg Popovich has served as the San Antonio Spurs head coach for 19 seasons, longer than any other current head coach. Popovich has also coached the most games (1,492), won the most games (1,022), and lost the most games (470) among active coaches with their current team. Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle and Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra are the second longest-tenured head coaches, having been appointed as head coaches since the 2008–09 season. None of the active head coaches have been inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach.[1]

All active head coaches are American. 16 coaches have spent their entire head coaching careers with their current teams: Mike Budenholzer with the Atlanta Hawks, Brad Stevens with the Boston Celtics, Tony Brown with the Brooklyn Nets, Tyronn Lue with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Steve Clifford with the Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets, Fred Hoiberg with the Chicago Bulls, Steve Kerr with the Golden State Warriors, J. B. Bickerstaff with the Houston Rockets, Frank Vogel with the Indiana Pacers, David Joerger with the Memphis Grizzlies, Erik Spoelstra with the Miami Heat, Billy Donovan with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Earl Watson with the Phoenix Suns, Brett Brown with the Philadelphia 76ers, Gregg Popovich with the San Antonio Spurs, and Quin Snyder with the Utah Jazz.

On December 15, 2014, the Sacramento Kings fired head coach Michael Malone and his lead assistant, Tyrone Corbin, was appointed as interim head coach. On February 5, 2015, the Orlando Magic fired head coach Jacque Vaughn, and his lead assistant, James Borrego, was appointed as interim head coach. On February 17, 2015, the Kings hired George Karl to replace Corbin. On March 3, 2015, the Denver Nuggets fired head coach Brian Shaw, and his assistant, Melvin Hunt, was appointed as interim head coach.

After the end of the 2014–15 regular season, the Oklahoma City Thunder fired head coach Scott Brooks and replaced him with former college coach Billy Donovan.[2][3]

Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in August 2015. While Saunders had hoped to remain as Minnesota's head coach and president for the 2015–16 season, he died on October 25, 2015. The Timberwolves then promoted assistant coach Sam Mitchell to head coach.[4]

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 end of the 2014–15 regular 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 164 98 66 .598 164 98 66 .598 [5][6]
Stevens, BradBrad Stevens* Boston Celtics Atlantic Eastern July 3, 2013 164 65 99 .396 164 65 99 .396 [7][8]
Brown, TonyTony Brown* Brooklyn Nets Atlantic Eastern January 10, 2016 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 [9][10]
Clifford, SteveSteve Clifford* Charlotte Hornets Southeast Eastern May 29, 2013 164 76 88 .463 164 76 88 .463 [11][12]
Hoiberg, FredFred Hoiberg* Chicago Bulls Central Eastern June 2, 2015 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 [13][14]
Lue, TyronnTyronn Lue* Cleveland Cavaliers Central Eastern January 22, 2016 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 [15][16]
Carlisle, RickRick Carlisle Dallas Mavericks Southwest Western May 9, 2008 558 338 220 .606 1,050 619 431 .590 [17][18]
Malone, MichaelMichael Malone Denver Nuggets Northwest Western June 15, 2015 0 0 0 .000 106 39 67 .368 [19][20]
Van Gundy, StanStan Van Gundy Detroit Pistons Central Eastern May 14, 2014 82 32 50 .390 661 403 258 .610 [21][22]
Kerr, SteveSteve Kerr* Golden State Warriors Pacific Western May 19, 2014 82 67 15 .817 82 67 15 .817 [23][24]
B. Bickerstaff, J.J. B. Bickerstaff* Houston Rockets Southwest Western November 18, 2015 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 [25][26]
Vogel, FrankFrank Vogel* Indiana Pacers Central Eastern January 30, 2011 349 205 144 .587 349 205 144 .587 [27][28]
Rivers, DocDoc Rivers Los Angeles Clippers Pacific Western June 25, 2013 164 113 51 .689 1,224 700 524 .572 [29][30]
Scott, ByronByron Scott Los Angeles Lakers Pacific Western July 28, 2014 82 21 61 .256 1,019 437 582 .429 [31][32]
Joerger, DavidDavid Joerger* Memphis Grizzlies Southwest Western June 27, 2013 164 105 59 .640 164 105 59 .640 [33][34]
Spoelstra, ErikErik Spoelstra* Miami Heat Southeast Eastern April 28, 2008 558 351 207 .629 558 351 207 .629 [35][36]
Kidd, JasonJason Kidd Milwaukee Bucks Central Eastern July 1, 2014 82 41 41 .500 164 85 79 .518 [37][38]
Mitchell, SamSam Mitchell Minnesota Timberwolves Northwest Western October 25, 2015 0 0 0 .000 345 156 189 .452 [39][40]
Gentry, AlvinAlvin Gentry New Orleans Pelicans Southwest Western May 30, 2015 0 0 0 .000 705 335 370 .475 [41][42]
Rambis, KurtKurt Rambis New York Knicks Atlantic Eastern February 8, 2016 0 0 0 .000 201 56 145 .279 [43][44]
Donovan, BillyBilly Donovan* Oklahoma City Thunder Northwest Western April 30, 2015 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 [3][45]
Skiles, ScottScott Skiles Orlando Magic Southeast Eastern May 29, 2015 0 0 0 .000 876 443 433 .506 [46][47]
Brown, BrettBrett Brown* Philadelphia 76ers Atlantic Eastern August 14, 2013 164 37 127 .226 164 37 127 .226 [48][49]
Watson, EarlEarl Watson* Phoenix Suns Pacific Western February 1, 2016 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 [50][51]
Stotts, TerryTerry Stotts Portland Trail Blazers Northwest Western August 7, 2012 246 138 108 .561 529 253 276 .478 [52][53]
Karl, GeorgeGeorge Karl Sacramento Kings Pacific Western February 17, 2015 30 11 19 .367 1,917 1,142 775 .596 [54][55]
Popovich, GreggGregg Popovich* San Antonio Spurs Southwest Western December 10, 1996 1,492 1,022 470 .685 1,492 1,022 470 .685 [56][57]
Casey, DwaneDwane Casey Toronto Raptors Atlantic Eastern June 21, 2011 312 154 158 .494 434 207 227 .477 [58][59]
Snyder, QuinQuin Snyder* Utah Jazz Northwest Western June 6, 2014 82 38 44 .463 82 38 44 .463 [60][61]
Wittman, RandyRandy Wittman Washington Wizards Southeast Eastern January 24, 2012 295 137 158 .464 602 237 365 .394 [62][63]

Recent coaching changes[edit]

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) [64]
Orlando Magic February 5, 2015 Vaughn, JacqueJacque Vaughn Fired February 5, 2015 Borrego, JamesJames Borrego (interim) Orlando Magic assistant coach (20122015) [65]
Sacramento Kings February 12, 2015 Corbin, TyroneTyrone Corbin (interim) Demoted February 17, 2015 Karl, GeorgeGeorge Karl Denver Nuggets head coach (20052013) [66][54]
Denver Nuggets March 3, 2015 Shaw, BrianBrian Shaw Fired March 3, 2015 Hunt, MelvinMelvin Hunt (interim) Denver Nuggets assistant coach (20102015) [67]

2015–16 pre-season[edit]

Team Departure date Outgoing head coach Reason for departure Hiring date Incoming head coach Last coaching position Ref.
Oklahoma City Thunder April 22, 2015 Brooks, ScottScott Brooks Fired April 30, 2015 Billy Donovan Florida Gators head coach (1996–2015) [2][3]
Orlando Magic April 16, 2015 Borrego, JamesJames Borrego (interim) Contract not renewed May 29, 2015 Skiles, ScottScott Skiles Milwaukee Bucks head coach (20082013) [46]
New Orleans Pelicans May 12, 2015 Williams, MontyMonty Williams Fired May 30, 2015 Gentry, AlvinAlvin Gentry Golden State Warriors associate head coach (2014–15) [68][41]
Chicago Bulls May 28, 2015 Thibodeau, TomTom Thibodeau Fired June 2, 2015 Hoiberg, FredFred Hoiberg Iowa State Cyclones head coach (2010–2015) [69][13]
Denver Nuggets April 14, 2015 Hunt, MelvinMelvin Hunt (interim) Contract not renewed June 15, 2015 Malone, MichaelMichael Malone Sacramento Kings head coach (20132014) [19]
Minnesota Timberwolves October 25, 2015 Saunders, FlipFlip Saunders Died October 25, 2015 Mitchell, SamSam Mitchell Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach (2014) [39]

2015–16 season[edit]

Team Departure date Outgoing head coach Reason for departure Hiring date Incoming head coach Last coaching position Ref.
Houston Rockets November 18, 2015 McHale, KevinKevin McHale Fired November 18, 2015 Bickerstaff, J. B.J. B. Bickerstaff (interim) Houston Rockets assistant coach (20112015) [25]
Brooklyn Nets January 10, 2016 Hollins, LionelLionel Hollins Fired January 10, 2016 Brown, TonyTony Brown (interim) Brooklyn Nets assistant coach (20142016) [9]
Cleveland Cavaliers January 22, 2016 Blatt, DavidDavid Blatt Fired January 22, 2016 Lue, TyronnTyronn Lue Cleveland Cavaliers associate head coach (20142016) [15]
Phoenix Suns February 1, 2016 Hornacek, JeffJeff Hornacek Fired February 1, 2016 Watson, EarlEarl Watson (interim) Phoenix Suns assistant coach (2015–2016) [50]
New York Knicks February 8, 2016 Fisher, DerekDerek Fisher Fired February 8, 2016 Rambis, KurtKurt Rambis (interim) New York Knicks assocate head coach (20142016) [43]

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.

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General
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