When the 2015-16 NBA season begins later this month, five teams will start the season with a new head coach: Chicago (Fred Hoiberg), Denver (Michael Malone), New Orleans (Alvin Gentry), Oklahoma City (Billy Donovan) and Orlando (Scott Skiles).
Making coaching changes in the NBA is pretty commonplace. There is only one franchise that seems happy enough to stay with one coach over the past 16 years: The San Antonio Spurs are the only team to have just one head coach (Gregg Popovich) since 2000. All total, there have been 205 different head coaches in the NBA since the 1999-2000 season, or about an average of just under seven per team.
Here’s a breakdown of the number of head coaches for each of the NBA teams since 1999-2000.
10: Golden State
9: Brooklyn, Chicago, Memphis, New York Knicks, Philadelphia, Sacramento
8: Cleveland, Denver, L.A. Clippers, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Washington
7: L.A. Lakers, Oklahoma City, Orlando
6: Atlanta, Charlotte, Minnesota, New Orleans, Portland, Toronto
5: Boston, Indiana
3: Dallas, Miami, Utah
1: San Antonio
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Interesting stat Jerry. Guess there’s a direct relationship to the number of coaches and the number of championships. Pops and SA are certainly the model of consistency and success during his coaching tenure! Hope that all is well with you! Enjoy your postings!
Boy, what a revolving door of coaching in that league–even teams like the Lakers, which have been highly successful in the past 15 years or so, winning multiple championships, have gone through over a half-dozen coaches. Good stuff, this shows San Antonio’s stability and dominance in stark relief over so much of the league.