Head Coach Gregg Popovich by the Numbers

Coach Pop By the Numbers

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2 – Won his second Coach of the Year award (2002-03 & 2011-12) and becomes the seventh head coach in NBA history to win Coach of the Year multiple times. (Don Nelson – 3, Pat Riley – 3, Hubie Brown – 2, Bill Fitch – 2, Cotton Fitzsimmons – 2, Gene Shue – 2)

4 – With four NBA Championships, he ranks fifth for most titles by a head coach in NBA history. 

6 – The Spurs had the best record in Western Conference for the sixth time in the Coach Popovich era (1996 – present) and most in the NBA (East & West) since he became head coach of the Silver and Black.

9 – San Antonio has won nine division titles, the most in the league under his tenure as the Spurs head coach.

14 – Coach Pop was named the Coach of the Month twice in the 2011-12 season (Mar. & Feb.) and marks the second time he has won the award in back-to-back months (Nov. and Dec. 2010). For his career, he has won a total of 14 Coach of the Month awards, an NBA best. 

15a – Since 1997-98 season, Coach Pop, Tim Duncan and the Spurs have the best winning percentage over any 15-year span in NBA history at .702 (830-352) and have the best record in the four major professional sports (NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL) during this time period.

15b – Guided San Antonio to their 15th consecutive postseason berth, which is the longest active streak in the NBA.

16 – In his 16th season at the helm of the Spurs, Gregg Popovich is the longest tenured coach with the same team in all four major professional sports and holds the best winning percentage of the longest tenured coaches in the other three major professional sports at .679 (847-399).  

50 - The Spurs won 50 games this season, extending their streak of winning at least 50 games for the 13th consecutive season (1999-00 – present) – all under Popovich’s tenure - surpassing the L.A. Lakers (1979-80 to 1990-91) for the longest streak in NBA history.

109 – Ranks third all-time with 109 playoff wins behind Phil Jackson (229) and Pat Riley (171), while having the most playoff wins among active coaches.  

847 – Popovich has 847 career wins, all with San Antonio, which ranks second all-time in NBA history for most wins with one team by a head coach.