22 Highest Paid NBA Coaches


#22 Frank Vogel

Salary: $2 million

Vogel served previously as an assistant coach for the 76ers and Celtics and the head coach of the Indiana Pacers. He began his career as the head video coordinator for the Celtics, and five years later was promoted to assistant coach. In 2014, Vogel was named the Eastern Conference head coach for 2014 NBA All-Star Game. Despite being the franchise’s all-time leaders in NBA wins, as well as he guided the Pacers to playoffs five times in six years, Vogel’s contract with the Pacers wasn’t renewed in 2016, and he signed a new deal with the Orlando Magic.

#21 Brett Brown

Salary: $2 million

Former college basketball player, Brown is currently the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. Brown also has extensive experience coaching in Australia serving as the head coach of the Australia men’s national basketball team, as well as he previously served as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs. While in Australia, he met and married his wife, Anna, and the couple has two daughters. Brown also serves as a global ambassador for an international NGO, the Big Bang Ballers, promoting basketball to fight youth poverty. In 2015, Brown signed a contract extension with the 76ers.

#20 Kenny Atkinson

Salary: $2.5 million

Atkinson was an All-CAA First Team selection, and went on to play professionally in Europe from 1991-2004. He was also a Reebok EuroCamp Coach in Italy, during the summers from 2005 to 2010. He also had tryouts with several NBA teams, and joined the New York Knicks as an assistant coach in 2008, and after four seasons with the Knicks, he joined the Atlanta Hawks coaching stuff under Mike Budenholzer in 2012. The Nets hired Atkinson to be their head coach, reaching an agreement to terms on a multiyear contract, in 2016.

#19 Tyroon Lue

Salary: $3 million

In 2009, retired pro ball player and two-time NBA Championship winner, Lue became Director of Basketball Development for the Celtics. After being hired by the Cavaliers as associate head coach in 2012, he was promoted to head coach midseason 2015-16. That same season, Cavaliers won their first NBA Championship, while Lue became one the few NBA rookie coaches to ever led his team to a title, and 14th person to win an NBA Championship as a head coach as well as a player. At the 2016 ESPY Awards, Cavaliers were named Best Team, and Lue was named Best Coach/Manager.

#18 Erik Spoelstra

Salary: $3 million

Of Filipinno descendant, Spoelstra is the first Asian American head coach to win an NBA championship, as well as the first Asian American head coach in the history of the four major North American sports leagues. While with the Heat, he made four consecutive finals appearances (2011-2014) to the NBA Finals and won the championship in both 2012 and 2013.
Spoelstra helped contribute to SportsUnited’s mission, Sports Envoy program for the U.S. Departement of State, to advance the status of youth from underserved areas. He is son of Jon Spoelstra who is a former NBA executive of the Blazers, Nuggets, Nets and Buffalo Braves.

#17 Alvin Gentry

Salary: $3.5 million

The head coach of the Pelicans, Gentry was a former college basketball player, who has led four different NBA teams. In 1989, Gentry began his NBA coaching career as an assistant coach for the Spurs under Larry Brown. In his first year as head coach for the Phoenix Suns, during the 2009-2010 season, Gentry’s record, a career high, was 54 wins against 28 losses. In 2015, prior to the start of the 2015 NBA Finals, he signed with the Pelicans. While in San Antonio with the Spurs, Gentry met his wife Suzzane Harris, and they have two sons, Ryan and Jack.

#16 Brad Stevens

Salary: $3.6 million

A former basketball player, Stevens was promoted to a full-time assistantant coaching position in 2001, and became the head coach for the Butler in 2007. During his first head coach season, Stevens led Butler to 30 wins, becoming the third youngest head coach in NCAA Division I history to have a 30-win season, as well as he broke the NCAA record for most wins in a coach’s first three years. In 2013, best known for his calm and focused couching style, Stevens has been called a coaching prodigy, and signed a six-year contract, worth $22 million, becoming the head coach for the Boston Celtics. While attending DePauw University, he met his wife, Tracy, who played soccer for DePauw, and they have two children. Tracy also serves as his agent, as well as they both are involved with the American Cancer Society’s Coaches Vs Cancer.

#15 Mike D’Antoni

Salary: $4 million

In 2016, former basketball player, D’Antoni was named the head coach for the Houston Rockets. While head coach of the Suns, he won NBA Coach of the Year honors for the 2004-05 NBA season. He also coached the New York Knicks and L.A. Lakers, and is best known for favoring a fast-paced, offense-oriented system. Being of Italian origin he played for the Italian national team, and earned the nicknames ”Baffo” ( ”The Mustache” ) in refeareance to his ever-present facial hair, as well as ”Arsene Lupin” because of his ability of stealing the ball. In 1990, he began his career as head coach for his most loyal club, Milano, while Milano retired jersey No.8 to honour him, in 2015. D’Antony’s brother Dan coached under him as an assistant in Phoenix, New York, and Los Angeles.

#14 Dave Joerger

Salary: $5 million

After a playing career at Concordia College and Moorhead State, Joerger joined the Dakota Wizards of the IBA as the general manager, and eventually took over as the head coach for the 2001-2002 IBA season, leading his team to winning their first championship. He remained with the Wizards as IBA, IBL and CBA teams merged to create new CBA after the league declared baankrupcy. For his success, he was named the CBA coach of the Year, in 2002. With five minor league championships under his belt, Jorger was hired by the Memphis Grizzlies as an assistant coach in 2007, and became the Grizzlies head coach in 2013. On May 7, 2016, after three seasons, Joerger was fired by the Grizzlies, and two days later he signed with the Sacramento Kings.

#13 Terry Stotts

Salary: $5 million

After a playing career in Europe and CBA, where he played for George Karl, Stotts became a part of Karl’s coaching stuff on multiple teams in the CBA as well as in the NBA. In 2002, he joined the Hawks as an assistant coach, and was later promoted t head coach after Lon Kruger was fired. He became later the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, as well as an assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks credited for coordinating the Mavericks’ offense when they won the NBA title, in 2010-11 season. The Portland Blazers hired Stotts as their head coach in 2012, and in 2016, Stotts agreed on a contract extension with the Blazers. He married Jan Stotts in 1998.

#12 Luke Walton

Salary: $5 million

Walton and his father, Bill, became first father and son to have both won multiple NBA championships. Luke won in 2009 and 2010, and his father in 1977 and 1986. Luke played 10 seasons in the NBA as a forward with the Lakers, and later won NBA championship with the Warriors as an assistant coach. His first coaching experience was with the University of Memphis, while his NBA coaching career started with the Golden State Warriors. As the Warriors’ interim head coach in 2015-16, he led the team to the longest winning streak to open a season in league history. In 2016, Walton signed a five-year deal worth $25 million with the Lakers, and became their new head coach. Walton married long-time girlfriend Bre Ladd.

11 Steve Kerr

Salary: $5 million

Kerr is a six-time NBA champion, winning three with the Bulls and two with the Spurs as a player, and one with the Warriors as a head coach. He has the highest career three-point percentage, 45.4 %, for any player with at least 2,000 attempts in NBA history. In 2004, Kerr helped Managing Partner Robert Sarver buy the Suns, and was named the team’s President of Basketball Operations and General Manager, in 2007. Golden State Warriors named him the team’s head coach, in 2014. During his rookie season, Kerr broke the NBA record for the most regular season wins for a rookie coach, as well as the Warriors went on to win the 2015 NBA Finals. In 2016, Warriors broke the record for the most wins in an NBA season, and Kerr was named 2015-16 NBA Coach of the Year. His father, Malcolm H. Kerr, an American academic specialized in the Middle East, was murdered by the Islamic Jihad, in 1984, while he was serving as president of the American University of Beirut, in Beirut, Lebanon.

#10 Fred Hoiberg

Salary: $5 million

Before beginning his coaching career, Hoiberg played college basketball at Iowa State, and professional basketball for ten years for the Minnesota Timberwolves, as well as he served as vice president for basketball operations for the Timberwolves. In 2005, Hoiberg underwent surgery, and after brief comeback as a player, joined Timberwolves coaching stuff. In 2013, Hoiberg signed a 10-year contract with Iowa State worth $20 million, with a buyout clause, and in 2015, the Bulls hired Hoiberg as head coach under a five-year contract worth $25 million. Hoiberg is the son of an Iowa State sociology professor, and he lived within walking distance of ISU’s basketball arena, where he met his wife Carol, who also grew up in Ames.

#9 Jason Kidd

Salary: $6 million

Raised in Alameda, California, Kidd played college basketball for the California Golden Bears before he was drafted second overall by the Mavericks in the first round of the 1994 NBA draft. He became co-NBA Rookie of the Year. From 1996 to 2001, Kidd played for the Suns and later for the Nets from 2001 to 2008. After finishing his playing career with the Knicks in 2013, he turned as head coach for the Nets. In 2014 the Milwaukee Bucks secured Kidd’s coaching rights from the Nets, and under his guidance the Bucks improved from franchise-worst in previous season to the playoffs as the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference. Kidd became the first coach in NBA history to lead two franchises to the playoffs in his first two years as a head coach. Though, his first marriage was a disaster, Kidd married Porschia Coleman, a former model, in 2011.

#8 Dwane Casey

Salary: $6 million

Casey is a former NCAA basketball player and coach, having played and coached there for over a decade.After NCAA career, he accepted a head coaching job in the Japanese Basketball League, and left the Japan, in 1994, after receiving an assistant coaching position for the Seattle SuperSonics. At the beginning of the 2005-06 NBA season he became the head coach for the Timberwolves, replacing Kevin McHale. He then served from the 2008-09 NBA season as an assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks , and with the Mavericks won their first NBA championship in 2011 NBA Finals. In 2014, during his third season with the Raptors team as the head coach, he managed to set a new team’s record for most wins in a season, and an Atlantic Division Championship. In 2014, he signed a three-year contract extension with the Raptors, and became the first Raptors coach to reach 200 wins with the franchise in 2016, and ultimately agreed to a one more contract extension.

#7 Billy Donovan

Salary: $6 million

Donovan is best known for having more wins than any other coach in the history of the Florida basketball program. He coached the Gators to more NCAA tournament apearances, wins, and Southeastern Conference championships than all other coaches in program history combined. He was hired to revive Florida’s basketball program in 1996, and spent 19 seasons at the University of Florida, where his Gators men’s teams won two NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championships in 2006 and 2007. In 2007, he persuaded the Orlando Magic to release him from his newly signed contract, and allow him to return to Gators. In 2015, Donovan agreed to become the head coach of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, accepting contract offer over five years.

#6 Stan Van Gundy

Salary: $7million

Stan is the brother of the former Knicks and Rockets coach JeffVan Gundy. Stan spent 12 years with the Heat, arriving in 1995 and served as assistant coach under Pat Riley for two seasons. He was then elevated to assistant head coach in 1997. From 2003 to 2005 Van Gundy was the head coach of the Miami Heat, and then coached the Orlando Magic from 2007 to 2012, leading them to the 2009 NBA Finals. He has been named head coach of the Eastern Conference at the NBA All-Star Game twice ( in 2005 and 2010) as well as being named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Coach of the Month six time during his career. In 2014, Van Gundy was hired as the new head coach and president of basketball operations of the Detroit Pistons.

#5 Scott Brooks

Salary: $7 million

Brooks is a former NBA player, apearing in 680 regular season games with Philadelphia, Minesota, Houston, New York, Cleveland, and L.A. Lakers over 11-year period, fro 1988 to 1999. His NBA coaching career began with the Denver Nuggets, where he served as an assistant coach from 2003 to 2006. Before joining the Thunder organization, he spent the 2006-07 season serving as an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings. Brooks was named interim head coach of the Thunder in 2008-09 season. In 2009, the Thunder named him the head coach. In 2014, Brooks was named the Western Conference All-Star Coach for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game, and was fired by the Thunder in 2015. On April 26, 2016, he was hired by the Washinton Wizards, becoming the head coach.

#4 Rick Carlisle

Salary: $7 million

Carlisle is a president of Coaches Assosiation and one of the best coaches in the world as well. He is the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks, and has also served as head coach of the Pacers and Pistons, as well as he was previously a player in the NBA. Carlisle is also one of only 11 people to win an NBA championship both as a player and as a coach. His coaching career started, in 1989, accepting an assistant coaching position with the Nets. In 2015, Carlisle recorded his 600th win, and signed a new 5-year deal with the Mavericks. Aside of basketball, Carlisle is an avid pianist and private pilot, and he is married to Donna Carlisle, and has one daughter.

#3 Doc Rivers

Salary: $10 million

As an former NBA player, Rivers was best known for his defence. He is the current head coach and President of Basketball Operations for the L.A. Clippers. He was drafted in the 1983 NBA draft, and spent next seven seasons as a starter in Atlanta. He later played for the L.A. Clippers, Knicks, and finished his career as a player for the Spurs in 1996. Rivers began his coaching career with the Orlando Magic, and won the Coach of the Year award in 2000 after his first season with the Magic. In 2004, he took over the Boston Celtics, and won his first NBA Championship as a head coach in 2008. In 2013, the Clippers acquired Rivers from the Celtics for an unprotected 2015 NBA first round draft pick. He also became the Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations on the team, and led the Clippers to a franchise-record 57 wins. In 2014, he signed a new five-year contract with the Clippers, and became the first NBA coach to coach his own son, Austin, in 2015.

#2 Tom Thibodeau

Salary: $10 million

A veteran of more than two decades along the NBA sidelines, Thibodeau took his first coaching job as an assistant on the Vikings stuff, in 1981, and was promoted to head coach at Salem State University, in 1984. Before accepting a spot on Bill Musselman’s coaching stuff with the Timberwolves, in 1989, he spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Harvard University. Highly regarded and described as ‘’one of the best coaches in NBA’’, over time he helped Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, 76ers, Bulls, and Spurs in improving defensive strategy, innovative offensive sets, and player development skills. On April 20, 2016, Thibodeau signed a contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and agreed to terms becoming the head coach and president of basketball operations for the team.

#1 Gregg Popovich

Salary: $11 million

Often referred to as ‘’Coach Pop’’, Popovich is considered one of the greatest coaches in NBA history. Taking over as coach of the Spurs in 1996, Popovich is the longest tenured active coach in both the NBA and all US major sports leagues. Popovich has won five NBA championships as a head coach with the Spurs, and is also one of nine coaches to have won 1,000 NBA games. On April 22, 2014 Popovich was awarded the Red Auerbach Trophy as he won the third NBA Coach of the Year award in his career. In 2014, he has agreed to a multiyear contract to continue coaching the Spurs. Born in 1949, in East Chicago, Indiana, to a Serb father and Croat mother, he graduated in 1970 from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a bachelor’s degree in Soviet Studies, and he underwent Air Force Intelligence training. At some point, he even considered a career with the CIA. He served five years of required active duty in the U.S. Air Force, during witch he toured Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union with the U.S. Armed Forces Basketball Team. Popovich returned to the U.S. Air Force Academy to receive academy’s award of Distinguished Graduate, in 2008, and he stated that it was the most meaningful award he ever received.

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