Tom Thibodeau and The 10 Best Rookie Head Coaches Of All Time

January 18th, 2011 by Kelly Scaletta Leave a reply »
Through the first half of his first season, Tom Thibodeau is 28-13 as a head coach, which translates into a 56-win season provided he maintains that percentage.

If you want to get really silly you can say he has the fourth-best winning percentage of any coach in NBA history. Of course that would be a stretch. But he is having one of the best rookie seasons as a head coach. 

Where does he stack up against some of the other great seasons by first year head coaches? That's what I wanted to know so I went to the Coaches Registry on Basketball Reference and compared.

I looked at all 292 head coaches and took note of those who had 48 wins or more in the their first full season as a head coach. I gave them one point  for each win, and gave them another point for each game they improved their club over the previous season.

The order of the slides that follow are based on that scoring system. 

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