Rick Carlisle is just one of four active coaches that has won a ring from the sideline.
ESPN.com revealed their coaching ranking today and Carlisle was not ranked in the top two, three, four, or five. ESPN’s panel ranked the Dallas Mavericks’ coach number six, behind two-time champion Miami Heat coach Eric Spoelstra and Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel.
Carlisle has coached for three teams over his eleven-plus years of coaching. During those eleven seasons, Carlisle has only finished a season under .500 once (2006-2007 with Pacers).
Carlisle won coach of the year during the 2001-2002 season with the Detroit Pistons, which was his first season as an NBA coach. He also holds a career 58.7% win percentage.
The Mavericks brought in Carlisle during the 2008-2009 season, a move that resulted in the Mavericks winning it all during the 2011 campaign.
Even with star Dirk Nowitzki out twenty-plus games and having a roster of one-year deals, Carlisle was able to coach the Mavericks to a 41-41 year last season. Though the Mavericks’ playoff streak ended and the 41 wins aren’t up to Mavericks’ standards; the season showed that Carlisle would never give up on his team, no matter who is in or out of the lineup.
Carlisle currently has the Mavericks in the 7th spot in the loaded West at 45-31.