Top 5 Coaches In Dallas Mavericks History

By Shane Phillips

Long Stints, Not Many Coaches

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The history of the Dallas Mavericks is not as long or gold-plated as other franchises in the NBA. An NBA team for over 30 years, Dallas has experienced a handful of coaches with long stints, but only a few who have brought the team reputable success. Here are the top five coaches to ever hold the position of head coach for the Mavericks.

5. John MacLeod

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5. John MacLeod

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Although John Macleod's time with Dallas was somewhat short, he racked up 96 wins and had a winning percentage of .550. John also led the team to the 1988 Western Conference Finals, losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games. Given the lack of competition, Macleod's two seasons were enough to earn him the fifth spot on this list.

4. Dick Motta

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4. Dick Motta

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Named as one of the NBA's Top 10 Coaches of All Time, Dick Motta automatically makes this list. He also is third in all-time wins for Dallas with 267. Although he was never able to win a title with the Mavericks, Motta did lead them to four playoff appearances in seven seasons and was also the first head coach in the history of the franchise.

3. Avery Johnson

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3. Avery Johnson

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The successor of a basketball legend, Avery Johnson led the Mavericks to their first NBA Finals berth in team history and holds the highest regular season winning percentage at .740. Unfortunately, Johnson did not see much success after he parted ways with Dallas, but he was tremendously successful in his three seasons in Texas. I just won't mention that horrific first-round loss to the No. 8 seed Golden State Warriors in 2007. Whoops.

2. Don Nelson

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2. Don Nelson

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Speaking of that top-seeded, first-round downfall to the Warriors, it's ironic that Johnson lost to his predecessor. Don Nelson, another top 10 coach in the history of the league, makes the list at second place. After handing over the reins to Johnson, Nelson moved on to Golden State for the reminder of his career. With 339 wins as the Mavs' skipper, one can only imagine what might have been if Steve Nash never left Dallas.

1. Rick Carlisle

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1. Rick Carlisle

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Finally, the top coach in the history of the Mavericks is rewarded to the only head coach to bring a ring to the franchise, Rick Carlisle. Taking over after Johnson, Carlisle was able to sew up the wound left by the Miami Heat in 2006 by defeating the same team in 2011 to claim the title. That right there earns Carlisle the top spot on this list.

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