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Monty Williams and the Pistons have altered the NBA coaching market.

The 51-year-old agreed to a six-year, $78.5 million contract with Detroit, giving him the largest coaching deal in league history, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The contract includes options for Years 7 and 8, and the total value could reach nearly $100 million based on incentives, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Williams now finds himself at the top of the list of the highest-paid coaches in the NBA. Which coaches are sitting behind him?

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Who are the highest-paid head coaches in the NBA?

Before Williams signed his contract with the Pistons, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich had the highest average annual salary in the NBA, according to a Sportico report from December 2022. He earns $13 million per season.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr is a step below Williams and Popovich at $9.5 million, and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra is sitting at $8.5 million. However, both Kerr and Spoelstra only have one year left on their current deals, so they will likely receive significant raises in the near future.

“Both coaches, when you talk to owners and executives around the league, if they were on the open market, might be worth or might be able to get what the new NFL coach in Denver, Sean Payton, got, in the neighborhood of $20 million a year,” Wojnarowski said before Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

“Now, it’s hard to imagine Erik Spoelstra leaving a Miami organization where he started 28 years ago as a video intern. … But Steve Kerr’s gonna be a different situation. His president and [general manager], Bob Myers, announced last week that he’s leaving. This is an aging roster, and the worldview for Steve Kerr may look different.”

Coach Average annual salary
Monty Williams $13.08 million
Gregg Popovich $13 million
Steve Kerr $9.5 million
Erik Spoelstra $8.5 million

Longest-tenured NBA head coaches

Popovich is by far the longest-tenured coach in the NBA. He has held the job in San Antonio for nearly three decades.

Spoelstra, Kerr and Michael Malone have each been with their franchises for at least eight seasons and won a combined seven titles.

Coach First season with team
Gregg Popovich 1996-97 (Spurs)
Erik Spoelstra 2008-09 (Heat)
Steve Kerr 2014-15 (Warriors)
Michael Malone 2015-16 (Nuggets)

Full list of NBA head coaches

Here are the coaches for all 30 NBA teams:

Team Coach
Atlanta Hawks Quin Snyder
Boston Celtics Joe Mazzulla
Brooklyn Nets Jacque Vaughn
Charlotte Hornets Steve Clifford
Chicago Bulls Billy Donovan
Cleveland Cavaliers J.B. Bickerstaff
Dallas Mavericks Jason Kidd
Denver Nuggets Michael Malone
Detroit Pistons Monty Williams
Golden State Warriors Steve Kerr
Houston Rockets Ime Udoka
Indiana Pacers Rick Carlisle
Los Angeles Clippers Tyronn Lue
Los Angeles Lakers Darvin Ham
Memphis Grizzlies Taylor Jenkins
Miami Heat Erik Spoelstra
Milwaukee Bucks Adrian Griffin
Minnesota Timberwolves Chris Finch
New Orleans Pelicans Willie Green
New York Knicks Tom Thibodeau
Oklahoma City Thunder Mark Daigneault
Orlando Magic Jamahl Mosley
Philadelphia 76ers Nick Nurse
Phoenix Suns Frank Vogel
Portland Trail Blazers Chauncey Billups
Sacramento Kings Mike Brown
San Antonio Spurs Gregg Popovich
Toronto Raptors Darko Rajakovic
Utah Jazz Will Hardy
Washington Wizards Wes Unseld Jr.



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