In the list of the 15 greatest coaches of all time revealed on Wednesday (IST), four active head coaches from various NBA teams make the list. Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs, Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors, Doc Rivers of the Philadelphia 76ers and Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat have been selected.
The list was selected in a vote by 30 current and 13 former NBA head coaches in conjunction with the National Basketball Coaches Association (NBCA), which is led by President Rick Carlisle, the coach in leader of the Indiana Pacers and executive director and general counsel. David Fogel. Voters were asked to select the 15 greatest coaches in NBA history without ranking them. Panelists were not allowed to vote for themselves.
The 15 winners have collectively won more than 14,000 regular season games, guided teams to 45 NBA championships and earned 16 NBA Coach of the Year awards over more than 300 head coaching seasons.
The list also includes Phil Jackson, who won 11 championships while leading the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, and Red Auberbach, who guided the Boston Celtics to nine titles.
Pat Riley, who led the Lakers and Heat to a total of five crowns, was among the winners. Popovich also has five championship rings.
The five best wins of all time as a coach have all been selected – Don Nelson (1,335 wins), Lenny Wilkens (1,332), Popovich (1,330), Jerry Sloan (1,221) and Riley (1,210 ).
Rounding out the winners, Larry Brown, Chuck Daly, Red Holzman, KC Jones and Jack Ramsay. Brown is eighth in wins as a coach with 1,098 and Rivers is 10th with 1,024.
Kerr, in his eighth year as head coach, has three championships. Spoelstra has two titles, and Rivers has one, from his time in charge of the Celtics.