Sunday, March 1, 2015

Wilt Week: Day 4

A quick look at Wilt's NBA coaches.

Wilt Week: Day 4

One of the more surprising things about Wilt Chamberlain's NBA career, was that he had eight coaches over his 14 seasons.

Here are those eight coaches and their NBA record with teams that had Wilt and with teams that did not have Wilt.

 Coach     With Wilt  Pct.       W/O Wilt  Pct. 
 Neil Johnston  95-  59      .617   —   — 
 Frank McGuire  49-  31   .613   —    — 
 Bob Feerick  31-  49   .388   32-  36      .471 
 Alex Hannum  189-  98   .659   282-314   .473 
 Dolph Schayes  73-  42   .635   78-130   .722 
 Butch Van Breda Kolff      55-  27   .688   211-226   .483 
 Joe Mullaney  94-  70   .573   11-  18   .379 
 Bill Sharman  129-  35   .787   204-205   .499 
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