Last updated: April 2022

NBA Coach Effects

Coach Effects are regression-based estimates of the number of wins contributed by each NBA head coach, per season, above roster characteristics and injuries.

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Coach Full Seasons Teams Career W% Coach Effect
1 Nick Nurse 1 TOR 0.707 15.1
2 Larry Bird 3 IND 0.687 13.79
3 Danny Ainge 4 PHO 0.602 11.82
4 Del Harris 14 MIL, LAL 0.549 11.23
5 Gregg Popovich 23 SAS 0.684 10.06
6 Brad Stevens 6 BOS 0.549 9.92
7 Steve Kerr 5 GSW 0.785 9.32
8 Dwane Casey 10 MIN, TOR, DET 0.543 8.86
9 Lionel Hollins 9 VAN, MEM, BRK 0.491 8.56
10 Paul Silas 12 CHH, NOH, CLE, CHA 0.442 8.45
11 Phil Jackson 20 CHI, LAL 0.704 8.39
12 Kevin McHale 7 MIN, HOU 0.556 8.26
13 Paul Westphal 10 PHO, SEA, SAC 0.533 8.15
14 Hubie Brown 15 MEM 0.486 8.09
15 Mike D'Antoni 15 DEN, PHO, NYK, LAL, HOU 0.557 7.85
16 Stan Van Gundy 12 MIA, ORL, DET 0.577 7.69
17 Mark Jackson 3 GSW 0.526 7.46
18 Vinny Del Negro 5 CHI, LAC 0.533 7.24
19 Erik Spoelstra 11 MIA 0.59 7.07
20 George Karl 27 SEA, MIL, DEN, SAC 0.588 7.01
21 Avery Johnson 7 DAL, NJN, BRK 0.577 6.69
22 Tom Thibodeau 8 CHI, MIN 0.589 6.5
23 Scott Skiles 14 PHO, CHI, MIL, ORL 0.499 6.27
24 Jason Kidd 5 BRK, MIL 0.491 6.24
25 Doc Rivers 20 ORL, BOS, LAC 0.576 6.2
26 Mike Budenholzer 6 ATL, MIL 0.555 6.11
27 Mike Brown 8 CLE, LAL 0.616 6.03
28 Pat Riley 24 LAL, NYK, MIA 0.636 6.01
29 Quin Snyder 5 UTA 0.554 5.85
30 Rick Carlisle 17 DET, IND, DAL 0.545 5.76
31 Don Nelson 31 GSW, NYK, DAL 0.557 5.75
32 Scott Brooks 10 OKC, WAS 0.584 5.68
33 Rudy Tomjanovich 13 HOU, LAL 0.559 5.49
34 Jeff Van Gundy 11 NYK, HOU 0.575 4.93
35 Rick Adelman 23 POR, GSW, SAC, HOU, MIN 0.582 4.83
36 Nate McMillan 15 SEA, POR, IND 0.524 4.69
37 Dave Joerger 6 MEM, SAC 0.498 4.67
38 K.C. Jones 11 SEA 0.643 4.64
39 Butch Carter 3 TOR 0.442 4.59
40 Doug Collins 11 DET, WAS, PHI 0.521 4.53
41 Flip Saunders 17 MIN, DET, WAS 0.525 4.4
42 Michael Malone 6 SAC, DEN 0.488 4.27
43 Jeff Hornacek 5 PHO, NYK 0.427 4.13
44 Monty Williams 5 NOH, NOP 0.439 4.08
45 J.B. Bickerstaff 3 HOU, MEM 0.394 4.07
46 Terry Stotts 11 ATL, MIL, POR 0.513 3.71
47 Michael Curry 1 DET 0.476 3.58
48 Frank Vogel 8 IND, ORL 0.511 3.35
49 Tyronn Lue 4 CLE 0.607 3.24
50 Cotton Fitzsimmons 21 PHO 0.518 3.17
51 Chuck Daly 14 DET, NJN, ORL 0.593 3.1
52 Larry Brown 30 SAS, LAC, IND, PHI, DET, NYK, CHA 0.568 3.07
53 Reggie Theus 2 SAC 0.415 2.71
54 Mike Fratello 17 ATL, CLE, MEM 0.549 2.59
55 Steve Clifford 6 CHA, CHO, ORL 0.484 2.53
56 Dan Issel 6 DEN 0.464 2.21
57 Billy Donovan 4 OKC 0.607 2.03
58 Dick Motta 25 SAC, DAL, DEN 0.479 1.69
59 Jerry Sloan 26 UTA 0.603 1.69
60 Lenny Wilkens 32 CLE, ATL, TOR, NYK 0.536 1.51
61 Rick Pitino 6 BOS 0.466 1.31
62 Frank Johnson 3 PHO 0.47 1.23
63 Jim O'Brien 9 BOS, PHI, IND 0.481 1.17
64 Jim Lynam 10 PHI, WSB 0.456 1.07
65 Brett Brown 6 PHI 0.362 1.07
66 Alvin Gentry 16 MIA, DET, LAC, PHO, NOP 0.465 1.06
67 Mike Woodson 9 ATL, NYK 0.463 0.82
68 Allan Bristow 5 CHH 0.505 0.82
69 Byron Scott 15 NJN, NOH, NOK, CLE, LAL 0.412 0.73
70 Kevin O'Neill 1 TOR 0.402 0.67
71 Maurice Cheeks 9 POR, PHI, DET 0.492 0.61
72 Mike Schuler 5 LAC 0.53 0.45
73 Randy Wittman 10 CLE, MIN, WAS 0.406 0.43
74 Brian Hill 9 ORL, VAN 0.486 0.31
75 Matt Guokas 7 ORL 0.43 0.27
76 John Calipari 3 NJN 0.391 0.23
77 David Fizdale 3 MEM, NYK 0.366 0.19
78 Eddie Jordan 9 SAC, WAS, PHI 0.428 0.18
79 Kevin Loughery 20 MIA 0.463 0.17
80 Chris Ford 10 BOS, MIL, LAC, PHI 0.462 0.15
81 Isiah Thomas 5 IND, NYK 0.456 0.13
82 Stu Jackson 3 NYK, VAN 0.426 0.0
83 Doug Moe 15 DEN, PHI 0.543 0.0
84 Dick Versace 3 IND 0.456 -0.0
85 Bob Hill 9 IND, SAS, SEA 0.514 -0.31
86 George Irvine 5 DET 0.345 -0.78
87 Fred Carter 2 PHI 0.296 -0.84
88 Lloyd Pierce 1 ATL 0.354 -0.85
89 Fred Hoiberg 4 CHI 0.426 -0.87
90 Butch Beard 2 NJN 0.366 -1.2
91 Randy Pfund 2 LAL 0.452 -1.27
92 Garry St. Jean 6 SAC, GSW 0.382 -1.37
93 Tyrone Corbin 5 UTA, SAC 0.416 -1.42
94 Dave Cowens 6 CHH, GSW 0.457 -1.45
95 Bob Weiss 7 ATL, LAC, SEA 0.427 -1.48
96 Mike Montgomery 2 GSW 0.415 -1.54
97 Lawrence Frank 9 NJN, DET 0.454 -1.58
98 Mike Dunlap 1 CHA 0.256 -1.72
99 P.J. Carlesimo 9 POR, GSW, SEA, OKC, BRK 0.431 -1.75
100 Luke Walton 3 LAL 0.398 -1.87
101 Lon Kruger 3 ATL 0.361 -1.88
102 Don Chaney 12 HOU, DET, NYK 0.406 -2.07
103 John Lucas 6 SAS, PHI, CLE 0.401 -2.27
104 Mike Dunleavy 17 LAL, MIL, POR, LAC 0.461 -2.39
105 Brian Shaw 2 DEN 0.397 -2.52
106 Kenny Atkinson 3 BRK 0.366 -2.55
107 Igor Kokoskov 1 PHO 0.232 -2.77
108 Jeff Bzdelik 3 DEN 0.38 -2.94
109 Sam Mitchell 6 TOR, MIN 0.433 -3.06
110 Eric Musselman 3 GSW, SAC 0.439 -3.07
111 Bernie Bickerstaff 14 SEA, DEN, WSB, WAS, CHA, LAL 0.447 -3.1
112 Bill Cartwright 3 CHI 0.338 -3.12
113 Leonard Hamilton 1 WAS 0.232 -3.21
114 Terry Porter 3 MIL, PHO 0.46 -3.31
115 James Borrego 2 ORL, CHO 0.438 -3.43
116 Don Casey 4 LAC, NJN 0.357 -3.44
117 Jacque Vaughn 3 ORL 0.269 -4.02
118 Bill Fitch 25 NJN, LAC 0.46 -4.32
119 Jim Cleamons 2 DAL 0.286 -4.36
120 David Blatt 2 CLE 0.675 -4.59
121 Jay Triano 4 TOR, PHO 0.351 -4.75
122 Tim Floyd 5 CHI, NOH 0.28 -4.76
123 Keith Smart 4 CLE, GSW, SAC 0.354 -4.89
124 Ron Rothstein 4 MIA, DET 0.296 -4.99
125 Darrell Walker 3 TOR, WAS 0.331 -5.38
126 John Kuester 2 DET 0.348 -5.43
127 Gene Littles 4 CHH, DEN 0.284 -6.08
128 Bill Hanzlik 1 DEN 0.134 -6.42
129 Larry Drew 5 ATL, MIL, CLE 0.418 -6.6
130 Earl Watson 3 PHO 0.28 -7.12
131 Brendan Malone 2 TOR, CLE 0.29 -7.3
132 Larry Krystkowiak 2 MIL 0.31 -7.88
133 Bill Blair 3 MIN 0.269 -8.11
134 Sam Vincent 1 CHA 0.39 -8.45
135 Wes Unseld 7 WSB 0.369 -8.47
136 Paul Westhead 6 DEN 0.45 -8.75
137 Johnny Davis 4 PHI, ORL, MEM 0.333 -9.93
138 Marc Iavaroni 2 MEM 0.268 -10.04
139 Brian Winters 3 VAN, GSW 0.196 -11.72
140 Sidney Lowe 5 MIN, VAN, MEM 0.257 -11.78
141 Quinn Buckner 1 DAL 0.159 -11.85
142 Derek Fisher 2 NYK 0.294 -12.04
143 Bill Musselman 5 MIN 0.288 -12.48
144 M.L. Carr 2 BOS 0.293 -14.18
145 Richie Adubato 6 DAL, ORL 0.346 -15.98
146 Kurt Rambis 4 LAL, MIN, NYK 0.284 -18.49
147 Jimmy Rodgers 4 BOS, MIN 0.418 -23.01

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