Top Nine Most Notable Nets coaches

Last week, Jason Kidd was hired as the 18th head coach in Nets franchise history, and this fall, he will become the third man to lead the team into battle in the Brooklyn phase of their existence.

The 17 men who have come before J-Kidd have included several former players ranging from Avery Johnson to Willis Reed, three of the most-renowned coaches in NBA history, a pair of collegiate icons (Lou Carnesecca and John Calipari) making their only forays into the pro ranks, and the elder half of the only father-son duo to coach in the Nets' system.

While it's tough to truly rank the Nets' head coaches based on their team tenures, what we've tried to do in this Niner is give you a snapshot of nine guys who, regardless of what else they may have done in basketball, have some kind of record or niche in the franchise annals.

  • KIKI VANDEWEGHE (2009-10, 12-52 record)
    Vandeweghe is one of two men to serve as both Nets GM and head coach, but the only one to do them concurrently. He moved down to replace the fired Lawrence Frank (and interim boss Tom Barrise) after an 0-18 start in 1999 and went 12-52 to finish out what remains the worst season in franchise history.
  • BOB MACKINNON (22-64 over two stints)
    The other man to be both GM and coach, MacKinnon is also the only two-time court boss; he went 12-35 after replacing Kevin Loughery in 1980-81, then went 10-29 as one of Dave Wohl's successors in 1987-88. Fun fact: his son Bob Jr., pictured at left, coaches Brooklyn's D-League affiliate in Springfield.
  • LARRY BROWN (1981-83, 91-67 record)
    The "Have clipboard, will travel" life that is Larry Brown's made a stop in New Jersey 30 years ago, as Brown came to the Nets from UCLA in 1981. He resigned with six games remaining in 1982-83, but still owns the highest winning percentage (.576) of any Nets boss with at least 82 games coached.
  • MAX ZASLOFSKY/YORK LARESE (1967-70, 92-148 record combined)
    In the vein of firsts, Zaslofsky and Larese are the trendsetters; Zaslofsky (53-103 from 1967-69) coached the team's first two seasons - one as the Americans and one as the Nets - and after he left, Larese went 39-45 and led the Nets to their first ABA playoff berth in his only season of 1969-70.
  • P.J. CARLESIMO (2012-13, 35-19 record)
    Although he lasted just two-thirds of a season after replacing Avery Johnson, Carlesimo can hang his hat on two laurels: His 35-19 record is tops in franchise history for a coach's first 54 games, and his .648 winning percentage is the best overall in Nets lore.
  • BILL FITCH/CHUCK DALY (1989-94, 171-239 record combined)
    The authors of the early-1990s resurgence, Fitch (83-163 from 1989-92) and Daly (88-76 from 1992-94) only spent five seasons in New Jersey total, but they get a combined spot because they are, according to a 2008 ranking, two of the 10 greatest coaches in league history.
  • BYRON SCOTT (2000-04, 149-139 record)
    Scott has four claims to fame in his three-plus seasons: he led the team to their only two NBA Finals berths in 2001-02 and 2002-2003, has the most playoff wins (25) and top winning percentage (.625), and authored the team's largest turnaround with a 26-win improvement from 2000-01 to 2001-2002.
  • KEVIN LOUGHERY (1973-80, 297-318 record)
    The most successful coach in overall franchise history, Loughery has the longest tenure at seven-plus seasons, won a franchise-high 297 games, helmed the team for their two ABA Championship runs, and led the transition from the ABA to the NBA in 1976. But...
  • LAWRENCE FRANK (2004-09, 225-241 record)
    If you count NBA tenure solely, than that mantle of success goes to Frank, who won 225 games over five full and two partial seasons and led the team to four playoff berths after replacing the fired Byron Scott midway through 2003-04. comments