List of current National Basketball Association head coaches

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Gregg Popovich has coached the San Antonio Spurs for 20 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 20 seasons, longer than any other current head coach. Popovich has also coached the most games (1,574), won the most games (1,089), and lost the most games (485) 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. 15 coaches have spent their entire head coaching careers with their current teams: Mike Budenholzer with the Atlanta Hawks, Brad Stevens with the Boston Celtics, Kenny Atkinson 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, Luke Walton with the Los Angeles Lakers, David Fizdale 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.

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 2015–16 regular season.

Head coach Team Division Conference Start date[a] GC W L Win% GC W L Win% Champ Ref.
Current[b] Career[c]
Budenholzer, MikeMike Budenholzer* Atlanta Hawks Southeast Eastern May 28, 2013 246 146 100 .593 246 146 100 .593 0 [2][3]
Stevens, BradBrad Stevens* Boston Celtics Atlantic Eastern July 3, 2013 246 113 133 .459 246 113 133 .459 0 [4][5]
Atkinson, KennyKenny Atkinson* Brooklyn Nets Atlantic Eastern April 17, 2016 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 0 [6][7]
Clifford, SteveSteve Clifford* Charlotte Hornets Southeast Eastern May 29, 2013 246 124 122 .502 246 124 122 .502 0 [8][9]
Hoiberg, FredFred Hoiberg* Chicago Bulls Central Eastern June 2, 2015 82 42 40 .512 82 42 40 .512 0 [10][11]
Lue, TyronnTyronn Lue* Cleveland Cavaliers Central Eastern January 22, 2016 41 27 14 .659 41 27 14 .659 1 [12][13]
Carlisle, RickRick Carlisle Dallas Mavericks Southwest Western May 9, 2008 640 380 260 .594 1,132 661 471 .584 1 [14][15]
Malone, MichaelMichael Malone Denver Nuggets Northwest Western June 15, 2015 82 33 49 .402 188 72 116 .383 0 [16][17]
Van Gundy, StanStan Van Gundy Detroit Pistons Central Eastern May 14, 2014 164 76 88 .463 743 447 296 .602 0 [18][19]
Kerr, SteveSteve Kerr* Golden State Warriors Pacific Western May 19, 2014 164 140 24 .854 164 140 24 .854 1 [20][21]
D'Antoni, MikeMike D'Antoni Houston Rockets Southwest Western June 1, 2016 0 0 0 .000 881 455 426 .516 0 [22][23]
McMillan, NateNate McMillan Indiana Pacers Central Eastern May 16, 2016 0 0 0 .000 930 478 452 .514 0 [24][25]
Rivers, DocDoc Rivers Los Angeles Clippers Pacific Western June 25, 2013 246 166 80 .675 1,306 753 553 .577 1 [26][27]
Walton, LukeLuke Walton* Los Angeles Lakers Pacific Western April 29, 2016 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 0 [28][29]
Fizdale, DavidDavid Fizdale* Memphis Grizzlies Southwest Western May 29, 2016 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 .000 0 [30][31]
Spoelstra, ErikErik Spoelstra* Miami Heat Southeast Eastern April 28, 2008 640 399 241 .623 640 399 241 .623 2 [32][33]
Kidd, JasonJason Kidd Milwaukee Bucks Central Eastern July 1, 2014 164 74 90 .451 246 118 128 .480 0 [34][35]
Thibodeau, TomTom Thibodeau Minnesota Timberwolves Northwest Western April 20, 2016 0 0 0 .000 394 255 139 .647 0 [36][37]
Gentry, AlvinAlvin Gentry New Orleans Pelicans Southwest Western May 30, 2015 82 30 52 .366 787 365 422 .464 0 [38][39]
Hornacek, JeffJeff Hornacek New York Knicks Atlantic Eastern June 2, 2016 0 0 0 .000 213 101 112 .474 0 [40][41]
Donovan, BillyBilly Donovan* Oklahoma City Thunder Northwest Western April 30, 2015 82 55 27 .671 82 55 27 .671 0 [42][43]
Frank Vogel Orlando Magic Southeast Eastern May 20, 2016 0 0 0 .000 431 250 181 .580 0 [44][45]
Brown, BrettBrett Brown* Philadelphia 76ers Atlantic Eastern August 14, 2013 246 47 199 .191 246 47 199 .191 0 [46][47]
Watson, EarlEarl Watson* Phoenix Suns Pacific Western February 1, 2016 33 9 24 .273 33 9 24 .273 0 [48][49]
Stotts, TerryTerry Stotts Portland Trail Blazers Northwest Western August 7, 2012 328 182 146 .555 611 297 314 .486 0 [50][51]
Joerger, DaveDave Joerger Sacramento Kings Pacific Western May 9, 2016 0 0 0 .000 246 147 99 .598 0 [52][53]
Popovich, GreggGregg Popovich* San Antonio Spurs Southwest Western December 10, 1996 1,574 1,089 485 .692 1,574 1,089 485 .692 5 [54][55]
Casey, DwaneDwane Casey Toronto Raptors Atlantic Eastern June 21, 2011 394 210 184 .533 516 263 253 .510 0 [56][57]
Snyder, QuinQuin Snyder* Utah Jazz Northwest Western June 6, 2014 164 78 86 .476 164 78 86 .476 0 [58][59]
Brooks, ScottScott Brooks Washington Wizards Southeast Eastern April 26, 2016 0 0 0 .000 545 338 207 .620 0 [60][61]

Recent coaching changes[edit]

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 head coach (1996–2015) [62][42]
Orlando Magic April 16, 2015 Borrego, JamesJames Borrego (interim) Contract not renewed May 29, 2015 Skiles, ScottScott Skiles Milwaukee Bucks head coach (20082013) [63]
New Orleans Pelicans May 12, 2015 Williams, MontyMonty Williams Fired May 30, 2015 Gentry, AlvinAlvin Gentry Golden State Warriors associate head coach (2014–15) [64][38]
Chicago Bulls May 28, 2015 Thibodeau, TomTom Thibodeau Fired June 2, 2015 Hoiberg, FredFred Hoiberg Iowa State head coach (2010–2015) [65][10]
Denver Nuggets April 14, 2015 Hunt, MelvinMelvin Hunt (interim) Contract not renewed June 15, 2015 Malone, MichaelMichael Malone Sacramento Kings head coach (20132014) [16]
Minnesota Timberwolves October 25, 2015 Saunders, FlipFlip Saunders Passed away October 25, 2015 Mitchell, SamSam Mitchell Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach (2014) [66]

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) [67]
Brooklyn Nets January 10, 2016 Hollins, LionelLionel Hollins Fired January 10, 2016 Brown, TonyTony Brown (interim) Brooklyn Nets assistant coach (20142016) [68]
Cleveland Cavaliers January 22, 2016 Blatt, DavidDavid Blatt Fired January 22, 2016 Lue, TyronnTyronn Lue Cleveland Cavaliers associate head coach (20142016) [12]
Phoenix Suns February 1, 2016 Hornacek, JeffJeff Hornacek Fired February 1, 2016 Watson, EarlEarl Watson (interim) Phoenix Suns assistant coach (2015–2016) [48]
New York Knicks February 8, 2016 Fisher, DerekDerek Fisher Fired February 8, 2016 Rambis, KurtKurt Rambis (interim) New York Knicks associate head coach (20142016) [69]

2016–17 pre-season[edit]

Team Departure date Outgoing head coach Reason for departure Hiring date Incoming head coach Last coaching position Ref.
Brooklyn Nets April 14, 2016 Brown, TonyTony Brown (interim) Contract not renewed April 17, 2016 Atkinson, KennyKenny Atkinson Atlanta Hawks assistant coach (20122016) [6]
Minnesota Timberwolves April 14, 2016 Mitchell, SamSam Mitchell Contract not renewed April 20, 2016 Thibodeau, TomTom Thibodeau Chicago Bulls head coach (20102015) [70][36]
Washington Wizards April 14, 2016 Wittman, RandyRandy Wittman Fired April 26, 2016 Brooks, ScottScott Brooks Oklahoma City Thunder head coach (20082015) [71][60]
Los Angeles Lakers April 24, 2016 Scott, ByronByron Scott Fired April 29, 2016 Walton, LukeLuke Walton Golden State Warriors assistant coach (20142016) [72][28]
Sacramento Kings April 14, 2016 Karl, GeorgeGeorge Karl Fired May 9, 2016 Joerger, DaveDave Joerger Memphis Grizzlies head coach (20132016) [73][52]
Indiana Pacers May 5, 2016 Vogel, FrankFrank Vogel Contract not renewed May 16, 2016 McMillan, NateNate McMillan Indiana Pacers assistant coach (20132016) [74][24]
Orlando Magic May 12, 2016 Skiles, ScottScott Skiles Resigned May 20, 2016 Vogel, FrankFrank Vogel Indiana Pacers head coach (20112016) [75][44]
Memphis Grizzlies May 7, 2016 Joerger, DaveDave Joerger Fired May 29, 2016 David Fizdale Miami Heat assistant coach (20082016) [76][30]
Houston Rockets May 4, 2016 Bickerstaff, J. B.J. B. Bickerstaff (interim) Mutual agreement June 1, 2016 Mike D'Antoni Philadelphia 76ers associate head coach (2015–2016) [77][22]
New York Knicks May 4, 2016 Rambis, KurtKurt Rambis (interim) Mutual agreement June 2, 2016 Hornacek, JeffJeff Hornacek Phoenix Suns head coach (20132016) [40]

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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