We name six coaches we will be keeping an eye on this NBA season 

Gregg Popovich

San Antonio Spurs


Gregg Popovich, also known as Coach Pop – or just Pop, took over as the Spurs head coach after the first 18 games of the 1996-97 season. He is the longest-tenured active coach in both the NBA and all major sports leagues in the United States. 

Pop is able to maximise the efforts of players by pushing the right buttons of the right people, on and off court. It’s no wonder he tops our list with such a showing of accomplishments:

5x NBA Champion (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014)

3x Coach of the Year (2003, 2012, 2014)

4x NBA All-Star Game Head Coach (2005, 2011, 2013, 2016)


Brad Stevens

Boston Celtics


Stevens has led the Celtics to the NBA Playoffs every year since 2015. He has won a division championship, and appeared in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2017 and 2018. With his motion on offence and stingy defence earning plaudits from many, he has gained a reputation as one of the best coaches in the NBA. 

2017 NBA All-Star Game Head Coach

Steve Kerr

Golden State Warriors


The Golden State Warriors are coming off a five-year stretch that saw them as the most talked-about team in the NBA. Five consecutive NBA Finals appearances. Three championships. All-Star rosters. Two former league MVPs.

3x NBA Champion (2014, 2017, 2018)

2016 Coach of the Year

2x NBA All-Star Game Head Coach (2015, 2017


John Beilen

Cleveland Cavaliers


On May 13, 2019, Bellein was named head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. In a move that stunned much of the basketball community and those who care about Michigan hoops, Beilein left Ann Arbor for the NBA in May.  

Beilein has been working to teach his philosophy — most notably taking quality shots and limiting turnovers — to a team that finished 19-63 last season, tied for the second-worst mark in the league.

We will see how Beilen fares this season.


James Borrego

Charlotte Hornets


Prior to working as a head coach fo the Hornets, Borrego worked as an assistant coach for Gregg Popovich. Borrego’s signing with the Charlotte Hornets made him the first Latino head coach in the NBA’s 72-year history. 

We look forward to seeing what he has to bring to the court. 


Jim Boylen

Chicago Bulls


Jim Boylen makes our list for all the wrong reasons. There have been many issues plaguing the Bulls, from awful shooting to league-worst rebounding to a terrible defensive scheme… 

The worst thing is that Jim Boylen blames his players for not being prepared enough. Now, who’s fault is that?

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