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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

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