Few NBA experts would argue that Jerry Sloan had a very distinguished NBA career as a player and then as a coach. Sloan, however, tops the list of coaches who have the most NBA playoff wins without winning an NBA championship. As a coach, Sloan won 98 playoff games in his career, but came away empty in his attempt to win an NBA title when his Utah team was defeated in a pair of NBA Finals series, ironically losing to the Chicago Bulls, the team for which he spent most of his playing career.
Of the 16 coaches in this year’s playoffs, three, Doc Rivers, Rick Carlisle and Greg Popovich, have already won an NBA title. Fifteen of the 16 coaches have previously won at least one playoff game. The lone coach without a playoff victory is Utah’s Tyrone Corbin.