Rick Carlisle, Indiana Pacers|
Battling through adversity, the Pacers are tied for the fourth-best record in the East despite playing with a short-handed roster most of the season.
Mike D’Antoni, Phoenix Suns
Last season, Phoenix lost 53 contests. This year, the league’s most improved team paces the NBA with 59 wins.
Mike Fratello, Memphis Grizzlies
Since taking over the head coaching position December 2 for a 5-11 squad, Fratello’s led Memphis to a .629 winning percentage.
Eddie Jordan, Washington Wizards
With a 43-35 record, Jordan has led the Wizards to their first playoff appearance since 1997. That’s a huge improvement from 2003-04, when the team’s 25 wins were third lowest in the league.
George Karl, Denver Nuggets
Winners of nine straight and 23-of-25 contests since the All-Star Break, Karl has turned around a team that was 17-25 prior to his arrival.
Nate McMillan, Seattle SuperSonics
Seattle is enjoying its first 50-win season in seven campaigns and is in first place in the Northwest Division.
Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs could post a 60-win season thanks to a blistering 37-3 record on their own turf. No one else in the Western Conference is in single digits in the home loss column.
Scott Skiles, Chicago Bulls
A fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, the last time the Bulls weren’t in lottery land ('98), a guy named Jordan was leading the way.
Jeff Van Gundy, Houston Rockets
After a slow start at the beginning of the season, the 48-31 Rockets have found their rhythm -- to the tune of a 25-16 road record, fourth-best in the NBA.
Stan Van Gundy, Miami Heat
The Heat have the best record (56-22) in the Eastern Conference by five games. This from a team that was only two games over .500 last season.
All statistics through April 15