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Don Nelson

Donald Arvid Nelson (Nellie)

Born: May 15, 1940 in Muskegon, Michigan
High School: Rock Island in Rock Island, Illinois
College: University of Iowa
Hall of Fame: Inducted as Coach in 2012 (Full List)
As Player: 1053 G, 10.3 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 1.4 APG (Full Record)
As Executive: MIL/GSW/DAL franchises, 1977-2002 (Full Record)

Coaching Record

Regular Season Playoffs
Season Age Lg Tm G W L W/L% W > .500 Finish G W L W/L% Notes
1976-77 36 NBA MIL 64 27 37 .422 -5.0 6
1977-78 37 NBA MIL 82 44 38 .537 3.0 2 9 5 4 .556
1978-79 38 NBA MIL 82 38 44 .463 -3.0 3
1979-80 39 NBA MIL 82 49 33 .598 8.0 1 7 3 4 .429
1980-81 40 NBA MIL 82 60 22 .732 19.0 1 7 3 4 .429
1981-82 41 NBA MIL 82 55 27 .671 14.0 1 6 2 4 .333
1982-83 42 NBA MIL 82 51 31 .622 10.0 1 9 5 4 .556
1983-84 43 NBA MIL 82 50 32 .610 9.0 1 16 8 8 .500
1984-85 44 NBA MIL 82 59 23 .720 18.0 1 8 3 5 .375
1985-86 45 NBA MIL 82 57 25 .695 16.0 1 14 7 7 .500
1986-87 46 NBA MIL 82 50 32 .610 9.0 3 12 6 6 .500
1988-89 48 NBA GSW 82 43 39 .524 2.0 4 8 4 4 .500
1989-90 49 NBA GSW 82 37 45 .451 -4.0 5
1990-91 50 NBA GSW 82 44 38 .537 3.0 4 9 4 5 .444
1991-92 51 NBA GSW 82 55 27 .671 14.0 2 4 1 3 .250
1992-93 52 NBA GSW 82 34 48 .415 -7.0 6
1993-94 53 NBA GSW 82 50 32 .610 9.0 3 3 0 3 .000
1994-95 54 NBA GSW 45 14 31 .311 -8.5 6
1995-96 55 NBA NYK 59 34 25 .576 4.5 2
1997-98 57 NBA DAL 66 16 50 .242 -17.0 5
1998-99 58 NBA DAL 50 19 31 .380 -6.0 5
1999-00 59 NBA DAL 82 40 42 .488 -1.0 4
2000-01 60 NBA DAL 82 53 29 .646 12.0 3 10 4 6 .400
2001-02 61 NBA DAL 82 57 25 .695 16.0 2 8 4 4 .500
2002-03 62 NBA DAL 82 60 22 .732 19.0 2 20 10 10 .500
2003-04 63 NBA DAL 82 52 30 .634 11.0 3 5 1 4 .200
2004-05 64 NBA DAL 64 42 22 .656 10.0 2
2006-07 66 NBA GSW 82 42 40 .512 1.0 3 11 5 6 .455
2007-08 67 NBA GSW 82 48 34 .585 7.0 3
2008-09 68 NBA GSW 82 29 53 .354 -12.0 3
2009-10 69 NBA GSW 82 26 56 .317 -15.0 4
Career NBA 2398 1335 1063 .557 136.0 166 75 91 .452
11 seasons NBA MIL 884 540 344 .611 98.0 88 42 46 .477
11 seasons NBA GSW 865 422 443 .488 -10.5 35 14 21 .400
1 seasons NBA NYK 59 34 25 .576 4.5
8 seasons NBA DAL 590 339 251 .575 44.0 43 19 24 .442

Awards

Season Lg Award
1982-83 NBA Coach of the Year
1984-85 NBA Coach of the Year
1991-92 NBA Coach of the Year
1996-97 NBA Top 10 Coaches in NBA History

Transactions

November 23, 1976: Appointed Head Coach by the Milwaukee Bucks