Sixers’ Doc Rivers ranked as 5th-best NBA coach of the modern era

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Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers has had a helluva career as a coach. He has a career record of 1,043-735, he has a title on his resume, and he was the force behind the Los Angeles Clippers developing a winning culture.

While he hasn’t been perfect in Philadelphia, he has had a great deal of success in two seasons. He helped guide Philadelphia to the No. 1 seed in the 2021 playoffs for the first time in 20 years, and he led them to a 50-win 2021-22 season despite significant adversity.

Bleacher Report put together a ranking of the top 10 coaches of the modern era and Rivers came in ranked fifth:

He is a clear and direct communicator, and that has allowed him to connect with his locker room, even as he has changed locker rooms four times since 2000. But there are reasons players follow his lead. Reasons like: the 14 playoff trips he has led in the last 15 years; the 2008 title he delivered to the Boston Celtics; the 2010 conference championship he secured in Boston; the 16 postseason series wins he has overseen since 2008.

He is, simply put, a winner. He is one of 10 NBA coaches with 1,000-plus career victories, and his .510 playoff winning percentage ranks fifth-best among that uber-exclusive group.

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Rivers has his flaws, but who doesn’t? For the Sixers to succeed in the 2022-23 season, they need everybody to play a part, but Rivers will be the one to lead this group again as they prepare for another title run.

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Story originally appeared on Sixers Wire