Of all the coaches that still have a team in this years’ playoffs, Steve Kerr has won the most games in his postseason career with 57, followed by Mike D’Antoni (41), Tyronn Lue (39) and Brad Stevens (21). But which coaches lead the league in most post season wins?
5. Red Auerbach – 99 wins
Auerbach can be seen as one of the most successful coaches in NBA history. During his career, he won 9 championships and made eleven Finals appearances, so it’s no surprise that Auerbach is also one of the coaches with the most wins in the playoffs.
4. Larry Brown – 100 wins
Brown has led eight different teams to the playoffs: Denver Nuggets, New Jersey Nets, San Antonio Spurs, LA Clippers, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons and Charlotte Bobcats. But he only won the NBA Championship once, with the 76ers. Overall, Brown coaches 193 games in the postseason, and he won 100 of them.
3. Gregg Popovich – 167 wins
Popovich missed the playoffs in his first season as the head coach of the Spurs, back in 1997, but never failed to make an appearance after that. This season the Spurs were close to missing their first playoffs in 20 years, but they managed to end the season on a high note and secure a spot in the postseason. Popovich has coached 227 games in the playoffs, and won 5 championships with his Spurs.
2. Pat Riley – 171 wins
Riley was the first player to win a championship as a player, assistant coach, head coach and as an executive. As a coach, he won the NBA title five times, the first being in 1982 and the last in 2006. He missed the playoffs three times as a head coach, in 2002, 2003 and 2008. Overall, Riley has coached 282 games in the postseason, and won 60% of those games.
1. Phil Jackson – 229 wins
Jackson holds the record for most titles as a head coach, with eleven championships. Six of those were with the Chicago Bulls and five titles were with the Los Angeles Lakers. He has coaches 333 postseason games in his career, and he never missed the playoffs.