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Having stars on the floor is a great way to succeed in the NBA, but cultivating an elite coach is just as essential.
Only about a handful of those coaches roam the bottom lines in the league, but those supporters earn a substantial salary for their duties.
Here’s a look at who are the highest paid coaches in the NBA:
Who are the highest paid coaches in the NBA?
Unlike salaries of NBA players, staff salaries are not as widely reported or received. In 2021, Sports hall published a list of the highest paid coaches in US sports, seven of whom were in the NBA.
Here are those seven coaches ranked by salary:
Coach Pop tops this list, and deservedly so. He is one of the most successful coaches of all time, having won five NBA titles, three Coach of the Year awards and helped the Spurs to 22 consecutive playoff berths from 1998 to 2019.
Kerr is cementing his legacy as a coach in the NBA after his successful playing career. Since joined the Heroes as head coach in 2014, he helped lead the team to four NBA titles and was named Coach of the Year in 2016.
Rivers was the head coach of the Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics and Clips of Los Angeles before entering the 76 yrs in 2020. He won a title with Boston in 2008 and was named Coach of the Year with Orlando in 2000.
T-3. Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat: $8.5 million
Spoelstra started out as Miami’s video coordinator in 1995, putting together clips to provide the coaching staff to better scout upcoming opponents. In 2008, the Heat he made him his head coach, leading to titles in 2012 and 2013 so far.
T-5. Mike Budenholzer, Milwaukee Bucks: $8 million
One of Popovich’s disciples, Budenholzer had his first head coaching gig with the Atlanta Hawks from 2013 to 2018 when he was picked up by the Bucks. He helped the team to its second ever NBA title in 2021 and was named Coach of the Year twice (2015, 2019).
Altra started as an assistant coach with Northern Iowa in 1889 before moving to England to play with the Derby Rams for a season. The following year, he became a player-coach with Derby before bouncing around a number of coaching gigs until joining the NBA via the D-League in 2007. He became head coach of the Raptors in 2019 after six years as assistant and helped with the franchise. to its first ever title in its first year.
T-5. Steve Nash, Brooklyn Nets: $8 million
Nash’s coaching resume is the shortest on the list, as he began 2020 as the head coach of the Filled. It hasn’t been the most consistent of starts for the two-time NBA MVP and eight-time All-Star, but he’ll be hoping for an improved 2022-23 campaign.