List of National Basketball Association Head Coaches with 400 Games Coached

The best NBA coaches ever, according to the league; Lenny Wilkens; Pat Riley; John Kundla; Phil Jackson; Red Holzman; Chuck Daly; Red Auerbach.

Throughout the history of the NBA, head coaches have come and gone on numerous occasions. Leaders of the coaching staff. Volunteers who assist the head coach. Player-coaches. Others have been unable to achieve even the slightest success, whether leading their teams to the postseason or winning a championship themselves.

The National Basketball Association’s (NBA) all-time best head coaches will be featured in this slideshow. A person can be a head coach or have a winning record throughout their career to be included on this exhaustive list. On the other hand, they must have more than three years of coaching experience.

All NBA and BAA head coaches who have presided over at least 400 games are included on this list. The list does not include games played in the American Basketball Association (ABA) for head coaches who worked before the ABA merger between the ABA and the NBA. So, without further ado, let’s look at the league’s history list of NBA head coaches.

  1. Lenny Wilkens

Career record: 1,332-1,155 (.636)

Playoff appearances: 20

Championships: 1

In terms of victories by an NBA head coach, Wilkens is unrivaled. He was the head coach of an NBA team for 32 years. Some teams Wilkens played for were the Sonics, Blazers, Cavaliers, Hawks, Raptors, and Knicks. He has a winning percentage of.536 with a record of 1332–1155. He twice guided the Sonics to the NBA Finals in the late ’70s, with the latter team prevailing in 1978–1999. After leading the Cavaliers to 57 victories in 1993–1994, he was named the NBA’s Coach of the Year.

  1. Pat Riley

Career record: 1,210-694(.636)

Playoff appearances: 21

Championships: 5

In the 1980s, Riley coached the Los Angeles Lakers, known as the “Showtime” team. Throughout his 24-year coaching career, he won five NBA titles with the Lakers, the Knicks, and the Heat (four with the Lakers and one with the Heat). In addition, his 1210-694 record represents a winning percentage of.636. In addition, he has three NBA Coach of the Year awards (1990, 1993, and 1997) to his name. Except for his final year with the Heat, he guided his teams to the postseason every year. His 171 postseason victories place him second all-time.

  1. John Kundla 

Career record: 423-302 (.583)

Playoff appearances: 10

Championships: 5

Kundla coached the Minneapolis Lakers for 11 seasons. A 423-30 winner-loser record was his overall mark. Importantly, he guided the Lakers to five titles in six years, making them the first dynasty in the history of the NBA. When he took over the Lakers at 31, he was also one of the youngest coaches in history. Overall, he was responsible for the careers of six future Hall of Famers and was inducted into the Hall of Fame for coaching excellence.

  1. Phil Jackson

Career record: 1,155-485 (.704)

Playoff appearances: 20

Championships: 11

Jackson was the best coach that ever lived. In his coaching career, he has won nine championships. Even though he has played with four of the game’s all-time greats, Michael Jordan, Michael Pippen, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kobe Bryant, no one can question his success. In his 18-year career, his record is 980-418, which is incredible. In addition, his.703 career victory % is the highest of all time.

With 193 victories, he is the postseason wins leader. In 1995–1996, he was named the NBA’s top coach. Since he is now coaching the Lakers, one of the finest teams in the NBA, he has a chance to win additional titles. The year 2007 saw his official induction into the Hall of Fame.

  1. Red Holzman 

Career record: 696-604(.535)

Playoff appearances: 10

Championships: 2

Holzman coached several championship-caliber Knicks teams in the 1970s. He coached for 16 years and finished with a 696-604 record. In 1970 and 1973, Holzman guided the Knicks to the NBA Finals. In 1969, he piloted the Knicks to an unprecedented 18-game winning streak. Last but not least, in 1970, he was named Coach of the Year, and in 1985 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

  1. Chuck Daly 

Career record: 638-437 (.593)

Playoff appearances: 12

Championships: 2

Daly guided the Pistons to consecutive championships in the 1980s. A 638-437 record and.593 winning percentage may be attributed to his 14 years of coaching. He coached the first U.S. men’s national basketball team, the 1992 Dream Team. In 1994, at long last, he was recognized for his achievements and admitted into the Hall of Fame.

  1. Red Auerbach 

Career record: 938-479 (.662)

Playoff appearances: 19

Championships: 9

“NBA Godfather” best describes Auerbach. Over 30 years, he led the Boston Celtics as a coach and an executive. Throughout his coaching career, he guided the Celtics to an incredible nine championships, including an unbelievable eight from 1959 to 1966. He finished with an 823-426 mark, good for a winning percentage of.659. And in the postseason, he’s 91-60 with a.603 winning percentage. In 1965, the NBA also recognized him as its Coach of the Year. He made it into the Hall of Fame in 1969, though.

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