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Top 10 NBA coach salaries of all time

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San Antonio Spurs v Orlando Magic
San Antonio Spurs v Orlando Magic

While head coaches are making nowhere near the money that the biggest stars of the league do, coaching in the NBA certainly pays a whole lot better than a real job. Picture it like this: you're in an executive role in an industry where hundreds of millions of dollars are spent as wages for just over 50 people.

A disproportionately large part falls to the players, who're the reason the wages for everyone else exist in the first place, but the few millions left to go around for the front office executives and coaches is usually ample for a job of that magnitude.

Here, we have compiled a list of reportedly the 10 biggest contracts handed out to coaches in NBA history. Do keep in mind that teams can and have chosen to keep coaching contracts clear of the public eye, but we've done the best we can, and the figures we quote in the article are all obtained from reputed sources like ESPN and TNT.


#10 Steve Kerr - $5 million+

Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets
Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets

Kerr has now piloted the Warriors to three championships, came 48 minutes away from a fourth, and had the best regular season in the history of the sport. Yet, he’s just completed the fourth year of a $25 million deal. Kerr’s average salary is $5 million per year. That’s enough to pay the considerable rent in the outrageously overpriced Bay Area, but it ain’t even in the top-five of coaches in the league.

Which is why when news of the Warriors offering and Steve Kerr accepting a new, undisclosed offer that would make him a top-5 coach by salary in the league from the 2019-20 season onwards broke, it was hardly of any surprise to anyone at all. Kerr has stated his desire to coach for over a decade in the past, and given the kind of roster he has to work with and one of the best front offices in all of sports, the Warriors look set to continue for a long time with the same personnel steering the way.


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