Arizona Basketball

Kerr continues his winning dominance as playoff coach

Arizona great Steve Kerr has become NBA playoff coaching great Steve Kerr.

The former Wildcat coach-on-the-floor point guard coached the Golden State Warriors to a significant Game 1 victory, 119-106 over the host Houston Rockets tonight. The Warriors, who have won two of the last three NBA titles, have gained the homecourt edge in the best-of-seven Western Conference finals with the win.

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The victory improved Kerr’s career playoff coaching record to 56-17, winning percentage of .767, accumulated in four years as the Warriors’ coach. That ranks highest among coaches who have coached at least 70 playoff games.

Phil Jackson, who has 11 NBA titles as a head coach, including three while coaching Kerr with the Chicago Bulls, is next with a winning percentage of .688 (229-104 in 20 seasons). Of course, Kerr needs 260 games in the playoffs to catch Jackson in that category.

TOP PLAYOFF COACHING WINNING PERCENTAGE

With at least 70 playoff games coached

Coach From To Yrs G W L W/L%
Steve Kerr 2015 2018 4 73 56 17 .767
Phil Jackson 1990 2011 20 333 229 104 .688
John Kundla 1949 1959 11 95 60 35 .632
Billy Cunningham 1978 1985 8 105 66 39 .629
Pat Riley 1982 2008 24 282 171 111 .606
Gregg Popovich 1997 2018 22 277 167 110 .603
Erik Spoelstra 2009 2018 10 118 71 47 .602
Chuck Daly 1982 1999 14 126 75 51 .595
Red Auerbach 1947 1966 20 168 99 69 .589
Tom Heinsohn 1970 1978 9 80 47 33 .588

Kerr’s 56 wins in the playoffs now ranks No. 19 in history, tying Dick Matta (56-70 record).

He has a long way to catch Jackson’s record 229 victories.

Former Arizona standout Andre Iguodala, who started for the Warriors, finished with 11 points, four rebounds and two steals in the pivotal win over the Rockets.

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