Coaches - Rubie Edmonson

So it's not just perception. As widely presumed, former point guards land the most NBA head coaching jobs among retired players. Throughout NBA history, up to 61 ex playmakers ended up becoming head coaches in the league. On the other side, only 17 retired NBA power forwards got jobs as main men on the bench. Funny thing is, the least represented position in the coaching ranks is also the one with the best combined record: 54.5 percent of wins – way ahead of point guards and small forwards.

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FORMER CENTERS COACHING RECORD
Bill Cartwright 51-100
Dave Cowens 161-191
Mel Daniels 0-2
Bob Hopkins 5-17
Kim Hughes 8-25
Dan Issel 180-208
Neil Johnston 95-59
Bob Kauffman 29-29
Red Kerr 93-190
Bob Lanier 12-25
Ed Macauley 89-48
George Mikan 9-30
Bob Pettit 4-2
Willis Reed 82-124
Red Rocha 65-88
Bill Russell 341-290
Ed Sadowski 3-9
Dolph Schayes 151-172
Ray Scott 147-134
Gene Tormohlen 1-7
Wes Unseld 202-345
Herb Williams 17-27
1,745-2,122 (45.1%)
FORMER POWER FORWARDS COACHING RECORD
Walt Budko 10-19
Dave DeBusschere 79-143
Harry Gallatin 136-120
Alex Hannum 471-412
Gar Heard 23-74
Tom Heinsohn 427-263
Marc Iavaroni 33-90
Phil Jackson 1,155-485
Larry Krystkowiak 31-69
Grady Lewis 26-42
Kevin McHale 167-148
Kurt Rambis 56-145
Howie Schultz 21-14
Paul Silas 387-488
Larry Staverman 18-27
Mike Todorovich 14-28
Rudy Tomjanovich 527-416
3,581-2,983 (54.5%)
FORMER SMALL FORWARDS COACHING RECORD
Johnny Bach 95-172
Elgin Baylor 86-135
Larry Bird 147-67
Vince Boryla 80-85
Allan Bristow 207-203
ML Carr 48-116
Tyrone Corbin 110-141
Billy Cunningham 454-196
Terry Dischinger 0-2
Mike Farmer 1-8
Bob Feerick 63-85
Dick Fitzgerald 2-1
Bill Hanzlik 11-71
George Irvine 100-190
Chris Jent 5-13
George Lee 63-71
Earl Lloyd 22-55
Tom Marshall 35-94
Bones McKinney 10-25
Sam Mitchell 156-189
Doug Moe 628-529
Don Nelson 1,335-1,063
Jim Pollard 32-87
Tom Sanders 23-39
Fred Schaus 315-245
Kiki Vandeweghe 12-52
Monty Williams 126-178
4,166-4,112 (50.3%)
FORMER SHOOTING GUARDS COACHING RECORD
Danny Ainge 136-90
Curly Armstrong 22-32
Cliff Barker 63-57
Carl Braun 40-87
Rick Carlisle 564-397
Butch Carter 73-92
Fred Carter 32-76
Don Chaney 337-494
Doug Collins 442-407
Michael Cooper 4-10
Michael Curry 39-43
Mike D'Antoni 453-420
Johnny Davis 73-146
Vinny Del Negro 210-184
Chris Ford 323-376
Richie Guerin 327-291
Matt Guokas 230-305
Bruce Hale 4-13
Nat Hickey 4-25
Jeff Hornacek 44-30
Andrew Levane 106-170
John Logan 2-1
Kevin Loughery 474-662
Jack McCloskey 48-116
Pete Myers 0-3
Kenny Natt 11-47
Chick Reiser 8-22
Pat Riley 1,210-694
Herm Schaefer 62-75
Byron Scott 416-521
Paul Seymour 271-241
Bill Sharman 333-240
Charley Shipp 8-27
Jerry Sloan 1221-803
Jack Smiley 11-16
Reggie Theus 44-62
Rod Thorn 15-15
Dick Van Arsdale 14-12
Butch Van Breda Kolff 266-253
Bobby Wanzer 98-136
Paul Westphal 318-279
John Wetzel 28-54
Brian Winters 36-148
Randy Wittman 185-327
Mike Woodson 310-363
8,915-8,862 (50.1%)
FORMER POINT GUARDS COACHING RECORD
Rick Adelman 1,038-744
Al Attles 557-518
Butch Beard 60-104
Al Bianchi 53-111
Scott Brooks 288-166
Larry Brown 1098-904
Quinn Buckner 13-69
Donnie Butcher 52-60
Mack Calvin 1-1
Al Cervi 326-241
Maurice Cheeks 308-324
Jim Cleamons 28-70
Larry Costello 430-300
Bob Cousy 141-207
Jimmy Darden 11-51
Larry Drew 142-162
Mike Dunleavy 613-716
Johnny Egan 129-152
Mike Evans 18-38
Lionel Hollins 214-201
Red Holzman 696-604
Lindsey Hunter 12-29
Mark Jackson 116-106
Buddy Jeannette 136-173
Avery Johnson 254-186
Dennis Johnson 8-16
Frank Johnson 63-71
Magic Johnson 5-11
KC Jones 522-252
Eddie Jordan 257-343
George Karl 1,131-756
Jason Kidd 40-33
John Kuester 57-107
Slick Leonard 186-264
Gene Littles 44-111
Sidney Lowe 79-228
John Lucas 173-258
Slater Martin 5-3
Johnny McCarthy 22-59
Dick McGuire 197-260
Jack McMahon 260-289
Nate McMillan 478-452
Joe Mullaney 105-88
Andy Phillip 6-4
Terry Porter 99-116
Kevin Pritchard 5-22
Doc Rivers 640-495
Fred Scolari 12-27
George Senesky 119-97
Brian Shaw 32-42
Gene Shue 784-861
Scott Skiles 443-433
Keith Smart 93-170
Isiah Thomas 187-223
Jacque Vaughn 41-115
Sam Vincent 32-50
Darrell Walker 56-113
Bob Weiss 223-299
Jerry West 145-101
Lenny Wilkens 1,332-1,155
Dave Wohl 65-114
14.680-14.275 (50.6%)
DIDN'T PLAY IN THE NBA COACHING RECORD
Richie Adubato 127-240
Stan Albeck 307-267
Red Auerbach 938-479
Randy Ayers 21-31
Ed Badger 84-80
Tony Barone 16-36
Tom Barrise 0-2
Bob Bass 60-51
Clair Bee 32-107
Carl Bennett 0-6
Bill Berry 0-2
Bill Bertka 2-1
Bernie Bickerstaff 419-518
Paul Birch 105-102
Bill Blair 29-79
Jeff Bower 34-39
Jim Boylan 46-60
Jim Brovelli 5-13
Brett Brown 16-58
Herb Brown 72-74
Hubie Brown 424-495
Mike Brown 344-212
Philip Brownstein 50-29
Bucky Buckwalter 13-24
Mike Budenholzer 32-41
Jeff Bzdelik 73-119
John Calipari 72-112
Kaleb Canales 8-15
PJ Carlesimo 239-315
John Carroll 14-22
Don Casey 85-153
Dwane Casey 152-192
John Castellani 11-25
Roy Clifford 13-10
Steve Clifford 36-38
Neil Cohalan 33-27
Jerry Colangelo 59-60
Glenn Curtis 12-22
Chuck Daly 638-437
Dutch Dehnert 17-20
Don Delaney 7-19
Tony DiLeo 32-27
Eddie Donovan 84-194
Ike Duffey 1-2
Mike Dunlap 21-61
Charles Eckman 123-118
Bill Fitch 944-1106
Cotton Fitzsimmons 832-775
Tim Floyd 90-231
Lawrence Frank 279-335
Mike Fratello 667-548
Burl Friddle 14-29
Alvin Gentry 335-370
Edward Gottlieb 263-318
Ed Gregory 4-14
Frank Hamblen 33-71
Leonard Hamilton 19-63
Del Harris 556-457
Les Harrison 295-181
Dick Harter 28-94
Lew Hayman 0-1
Bob Hill 310-293
Brian Hill 298-315
Rex Hughes 23-35
Stu Inman 6-20
Stu Jackson 58-78
Dave Joerger 44-30
Phil Johnson 236-307
Wally Jones 7-5
Ed Jucker 80-84
Alvin Julian 47-81
Bob Kloppenburg 2-5
Lon Kruger 69-122
John Kundla 423-302
Joe Lapchick 326-247
Frank Layden 277-294
Tates Locke 16-30
Ken Loeffler 79-90
John Loyer 6-18
Jim Lynam 328-392
Bob MacKinnon 25-68
John MacLeod 707-657
Brendan Malone 29-71
Mike Malone 26-48
Frank McGuire 49-31
Morris McHone 11-20
Jack McKinney 136-215
Dave McMillan 9-14
Murray Mendenhall 72-64
Mike Montgomery 68-96
Doxie Moore 32-60
Robert Morris 28-32
Dick Motta 935-1,017
Bill Musselman 78-180
Eric Musselman 108-138
Tom Nissalke 248-391
Jim O'Brien 303-327
Kevin O'Neill 33-49
Harold Olsen 95-63
Randy Pfund 66-80
Rick Pitino 192-220
Gregg Popovich 963-439
Roger Potter 1-6
Jack Ramsay 864-783
Jerry Reynolds 56-114
Scotty Robertson 109-178
Jimmy Rodgers 115-160
Robert Rolfe 17-27
Ron Rothstein 97-231
Roy Rubin 4-47
John Russell 42-66
Philip Sachs 8-18
Flip Saunders 638-526
Mike Schuler 179-159
Albert Soar 2-17
Erik Spoelstra 311-156
Garry St. Jean 172-278
Bob Staak 0-1
Brad Stevens 23-51
Terry Stotts 197-244
Ken Suesens 22-40
Ed Tapscott 18-53
Jerry Tarkanian 9-11
Tom Thibodeau 199-105
Jim Todd 4-33
Rolland Todd 41-97
Jay Triano 87-142
Jeff Van Gundy 430-318
Stan Van Gundy 371-208
Dick Versace 73-87
Dick Vitale 34-60
Frank Vogel 163-97
Donnie Walsh 60-82
Paul Westhead 183-224
Tex Winter 51-78
Charles Wolf 143-187
Draff Young 0-4
20,836-21,542 (49.1%)