Gregg Popovich is the G.O.A.T. He may not have 11 rings like Phil Jackson, but having been at the helm of the San Antonio Spurs for 20 seasons, led them to five championships, and unofficially assumed the title of the most woke coach in the NBA, Popovich kind of stands out. Especially among many of the mediocre-to-awful head coaches who have come and gone over the years.
So we took a look at the league every year since Pop assumed control in San Antonio in 1996 to identify the coaches who have been every bit his opposite. These are the coaches who have lost a ton of games, been ridiculed by their fans and the media, or, even worse, have been forgotten. A lot has changed since 1996—find out exactly how much below.