NBA Power Rankings: Top 10 NBA Coaches
NBA Power Rankings: Top 10 Coaches
It is officially the second month of the NBA season. There are still a lot of games that needs to be played, but already each conferences has their top teams.
The defending NBA champions, Miami Heat, are where everybody expected them to be and that is at the top. The defending Western Conference champions, Oklahoma City Thunder, are where they should be as well.
However there is one team that has been very surprising and that is the Memphis Grizzlies. At the moment they are in first place in the NBA and they look unstoppable.
Who or what is behind the success of these NBA teams? You may say the players, but in the end it is the coach. Do not believe me?
Look at the Los Angeles Lakers right now. They have Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash and Dwight Howard. Where are they now? Exactly. They are below .500 and working with their second coach of the season. They fired Mike Brown after starting 1-4 and brought in Mike D'Antoni. It is still early, but right now not even D'Antoni has this team on the right track.
What the Lakers are going through right now is a great example that each team needs a good head coach for success. The Grizzlies, Heat and Thunder are doing great because of their coaching and their players willing to work hard on a daily bases.
However, who are the top coaches in the NBA right now? Here are the top 10 coaches right now in the NBA.
#10 Rick Carlisle (Dallas Mavericks)
The Dallas Mavericks have been able to stay alive thus far and that is because of coach Rick Carlisle. He has kept the Mavs to close to .500 and that is without their main superstar, Dirk Nowitzki.
I predicted before the season that the Mavs will win the Southwest Division. With the San Antonio Spurs and the Grizzlies making that tough; I do not see that happening now.
However, I do see them making a run at a playoff spot and a long playoff run. That is when Nowitzki returns. Once that happens then it will be because that Carlisle is coaching this team.
So why is Carlisle part of the top 10? It's because that without Carlisle the Mavs could be where the Washington Wizards are right now and that's dead last in the NBA.
Carlisle has proved that he is one of top top coaches in the history of the league. He may look like Jim Carrey, but Carlisle is no fun and jokes. He works his team hard and it has shown on the court.
#9 Mark Jackson (Golden State Warriors)
I had doubts that Marc Jackson could become a great coach in this league, but he has really proved me wrong so far.
He is in his second year coaching and he is looking to take his team to the post-season this year. Right now the Warriors are 10-6 and are top of their division. They are rank #4 in rebounding (45.4) and 11th in scoring (98.8).
It is still early, but Jackson looks like a coach that will be in this league for a very long time. For Warriors fans, their future looks very promising.
#8 Vinny Del Negro (Los Angeles Clippers)
The Los Angeles Clippers are not the same Clippers that everybody is a custom to. Vinny Del Negro is the main reason for that.
He is in his third year as the head coach for Los Angeles and this could be the year he takes this team to the next level in the NBA.
With a team that has Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Caron Butler and Chauncey Billups it sure helps Del Negro. Look at them now. They seventh in scoring and eighth in points allowed. This year could be the year that the Clippers will be the talk in Los Angeles.
#7 Doug Collins (Philadelphia 76ers)
The Philadelphia 76ers having a 10-7 record and that is without Andrew Bynum. Doug Collins has kept his team a playoff contending team even after trading Andre Iguodala before the season started.
I believe once Bynum returns that Collins will have this team as a legit threat in the East. I mean, right now they are in top 10 in points allowed.
Collins could be at the top of coach of the year if the Sixers are one of the top teams in the conference at the end of the season.
#6 Avery Johnson (Brooklyn Nets)
The Brooklyn Nets are playing great. Avery Johnson has his team playing excellent defense. They are second in the league in points allowed (91.1).
Johnson is in his third year with the Nets and has had a horrible team in his first two years. This year is different, though.
I do not know if it's because the team is in it's new city or if it's because Johnson has finally gotten to these guys in how to play great basketball. Either way, Johnson's team is one of the top of teams in the league and look to make a Finals run coming this post-season.
#5 Mike Woodson (New York Knicks)
Mike Woodson has his New York Knicks as one of the top teams in the NBA. His team started 6-0 and right now are 12-4.
Woodson has his team playing at a championship caliber level. However, once Amar'e Stoudemire returns will this team be the same? That is my only question. Can Woodson keep his team together once he does return.
#4 Lionel Hollins (Memphis Grizzlies)
Lionel Hollins has been the head coach of the Grizzlies since 2008, but this is the first year that the Grizzlies look like a championship contending team. What turned it around?
It could have been the roster, but whatever it is he has put his team in first place in the NBA. His team has taken down the Heat, Thunder, Knicks and Lakers.
Will Hollins coach his team to their first Finals appearance this season? The way they are playing now it would not be a shock.
#3 Scott Brooks (Oklahoma City Thunder)
If Scott Brooks was not the coach of the Thunder would they be this good? Every year since he has been with the Thunder, excluding his first year (2008), his team has made the post-season.
They went to back-to-back Western Conference Finals winning one of them, but losing in the NBA Finals. Right now the Thunder look to finish what they were not able to do last season and that's win a NBA Championship.
Brooks has already proved that he is one of the top coaches in the NBA., He was named the Coach Of The Year in 2010. He will yet again be on the top of the votes this year. There's no doubt in my mind that Brooks is one of the NBA elite coaches and this year will show it yet again.
#2 Erik Spoelstra (Miami Heat)
Can Erik Spoelstra do what Phil Jackson did in his coaching career? Can Spoelstra win as many rings? He is on the right path to do so.
Spoelstra can do what Jackson did and that's take a future NBA legend to win five to six championships. Jackson did it with Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls (6 titles) and with Kobe Bryant's Lakers (5 titles). Why cannot Spoelstra do the same thing?
People can say what they want about him. Just because he has LeBron James on his team that does not mean that without Spoelstra that he would have won his first NBA Title.
I believe that once he leads James to win multiple titles then Spoelstra will become of of the greatest coaches of all time. However, they need to win it again this year and years to come to do so.
#1 Gregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs)
Gregg Popovich is one of the best coaches of all time. He has been coaching the Spurs since 1996 and has not stopped since. He has four titles and is on the path for his fifth ring.
As long as the NBA's front office does not interfere with the way Pops coaches his team then I do not see anything stopping them for reaching their fifth title.
Plus, Pops has coached pretty much the same guys since he has been in this league. He still has Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. He has turned these three into future hall of famers and if he still plans to coach after these three then I expect him to turn whoever he coaches next into NBA Legends.