Ranking The 5 Best Coaches In The NBA

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No. 5: Lionel Hollins, Memphis Grizzlies

May 13, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins during the post game interview of game four of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder at FedEx Forum. Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-97, and lead in the series 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Lionel Hollins gets my vote as the fifth-best coach in 2012-13.

Since the 2008-09 season, Hollins has a record 196-155 record as the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies. With Hollins at the helm, the Grizzlies have seen their win column increase each year, and the 2012-13 season was no different.

With 56 wins in 2012-13, Hollins led the Grizzlies to a franchise-best campaign  Not only did they have their best regular season, but the Grizzlies also made their first Western Conference Finals appearance.

Hollins did this even after trading away leading-scorer, Rudy Gay. Hollins’ ability to adapt proved too much for the the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder in the playoffs, as both teams struggled to gain any offensive momentum.

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Tags: Chicago Bulls Erik Spoelstra Golden State Warriors Gregg Popovich Lionel Hollins Memphis Grizzlies Miami Heat NBA Playoffs San Antonio Spurs Tom Thibodeau

  • discus

    Pops “after time out plays” are off the hook.

    • discus

      Spurs ends up with wide open layups (see Kawhi inbounds to TP) or wide open jumpers on those plays. Spoelstra and other coaches “after time out” plays?

      Uh, give the ball to Lebron and get out of his way. ”

      Uh, give the ball to Jordan and get out of his way. ”

      Uh, give the ball to Caramel and get out of his way. “

  • Joe Moore

    San Antonio shoots 53.4 efg% after time outs, the heat shoot 54.5%. This doesn’t include turnovers, but those “Uh, give the ball to Lebron and get out of his way,” plays are pretty effective (also that’s not all the heat do off inbounds). Often, a simple option is just as effective as a complex, intricately designed one. People criticize Spo for having the best player, but there is value in using that player’s skills.

    • John

      I completely agree. Simply having great players doesn’t result in championships. The dynasties over the past couple decades (Magic, Jordan, Shaq/Kobe, Duncan) all had hall of fame coaches at the helm leading hall of fame players.