Clippers’ Doc Rivers claims sole possession of 12th place in NBA’s all-time coaching wins list
Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers went into Tuesday game against the Oklahoma City Thunder tied with Dick Motta for 12th on the NBA’s all-time coaching wins list. After the Clippers handled the Thunder 109-94, the 58-year-old now has sole possession of 12th place on the list per ClutchPoints’ Tomer Azarly.
Tuesday was Rivers’ 936th win of his career and with 1,613 total games coached throughout his 21 years as a head coach, Tuesday’s win gives the former point guard a winning percentage of 58 percent.
This season, the 2000 NBA Coach of the Year has led the Clippers to a 42-19 record and second-place standing in the Western Conference.
In Rivers’ 21 seasons as a head coach, he has led his team to a losing record three times if you include his 1-10 start in 2003 for the Orlando Magic before he got fired.
The Clippers are Rivers’ third stop as a head coach. Rivers spent five seasons with the Magic, nine with the Boston Celtics and now, in his seventh with Los Angeles.
Rivers also won the 2008 NBA championship with Boston and his 84 playoff wins as a head coach rank seventh all-time just below former Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan.
As for Motta, the veteran head coach coached in the league from 1968 until 1997 coaching for a total of five different teams.
Rivers is now quickly approaching Celtics legend Red Auerbach who managed 938 wins in his career and Bill Fitch who won 944 most notably with Boston and the Houston Rockets.