Top 20 Coaches with the Most Wins in NBA Playoff History (and Best Winning Percentages, Too)

The Zen Master, Phil Jackson, Coached The Most Playoff Wins With The Highest Postseason Winning Percentage

The Zen Master, Phil Jackson, Coached The Most Playoff Wins With The Highest Postseason Winning Percentage

On the way to his record 11 NBA titles, Phil Jackson also won more playoff games than any other head coach in NBA history. He’s the only HC with over 200 postseason wins (229) – and no one is going anywhere near that number anywhere in the near future.

Only three other coaches have breached the 100-playoff-win barrier, including active San Antonio Spurs helmsman (and four-time champ himself…still alive in 2014), Gregg Popovich. Hall of Famers Pat Riley and Larry Brown are the other two.

MOST POSTSEASON WINS

  HEAD COACH POSTSEASON WINS POSTSEASON LOSSES POSTSEASON W-L PCT. POSTSEASON TEAMS
1. Phil Jackson 229 104 0.688 Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers
2. Pat Riley 171 111 0.606 Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Miami Heat
3. Gregg Popovich (SPURS) 137 86 0.614 San Antonio Spurs
4. Larry Brown 100 93 0.518 Denver Nuggets, New Jersey Nets, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons, Charlotte Bobcats
5. Red Auerbach 99 69 0.589 Washington Capitols (DEF), Tri-Cities Blackhawks (HAWKS), Boston Celtics
6. Jerry Sloan 98 104 0.485 Chicago Bulls, Utah Jazz
7. K.C. Jones 81 57 0.587 Capital/Washington Bullets (WIZARDS), Boston Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics
8. George Karl 80 105 0.432 Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Seattle SuperSonics, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets
8. Lenny Wilkens 80 98 0.449 Seattle SuperSonics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks
10. Rick Adelman 79 78 0.503 Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets
11. Chuck Daly 75 51 0.595 Detroit Pistons, New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic
11. Don Nelson 75 91 0.452 Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks
13. Doc Rivers (CLIPPERS) 69 60 0.535 Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers
14. Billy Cunningham 66 39 0.629 Philadelphia 76ers
15. John Kundla 60 35 0.632 Minneapolis Lakers
16. Red Holzman 58 47 0.552 St. Louis Hawks, New York Knicks
17. Rick Carlisle (MAVERICKS) 56 54 0.509 Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Dallas Mavericks
17. Dick Motta 56 70 0.444 Chicago Bulls, Washington Bullets (WIZARDS), Dallas Mavericks
19. Bill Fitch 55 54 0.505 Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, New Jersey Nets, Los Angeles Clippers
20. Erik Spoelstra (HEAT) 54 29 0.651 Miami Heat

BEST POSTSEASON WINNING PERCENTAGE (MINIMUM 50 GAMES)

  HEAD COACH POSTSEASON WINS POSTSEASON LOSSES POSTSEASON W-L PCT. POSTSEASON TEAMS
1. Phil Jackson 229 104 0.688 Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers
2. Erik Spoelstra (HEAT) 54 29 0.651 Miami Heat
3. John Kundla 60 35 0.632 Minneapolis Lakers
4. Billy Cunningham 66 39 0.629 Philadelphia 76ers
5. Larry Costello 37 23 0.617 Milwaukee Bucks
6. Larry Bird 32 20 0.615 Indiana Pacers
7. Gregg Popovich (SPURS) 137 86 0.614 San Antonio Spurs
8. Pat Riley 171 111 0.606 Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Miami Heat
9. Chuck Daly 75 51 0.595 Detroit Pistons, New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic
10. Red Auerbach 99 69 0.589 Washington Capitols (DEF), Tri-Cities Blackhawks (HAWKS), Boston Celtics
11. Tom Heinsohn 47 33 0.588 Boston Celtics
12. K.C. Jones 81 57 0.587 Capital/Washington Bullets (WIZARDS), Boston Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics
13. Byron Scott 33 24 0.579 New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets
14. Alex Hannum 45 34 0.570 St. Louis Hawks, Syracuse Nationals (76ERS), San Francisco Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers,
15. Rudy Tomjanovich 51 39 0.567 Houston Rockets
16. Mike Brown (CAVALIERS) 47 36 0.566 Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers
17. Bill Sharman 35 27 0.565 San Francisco Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers
18. Al Cervi 33 26 0.559 Syracuse Nationals (76ERS)
19. Bill Russell 34 27 0.557 Boston Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics
20. Red Holzman 58 47 0.552 St. Louis Hawks, New York Knicks
20. Stan Van Gundy 48 39 0.552 Miami Heat, Orlando Magic

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