NBA Coaches Fired in 2021

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Which NBA coaches were fired in 2021? This list of NBA coaches fired in 2021 shows that managing a professional sports team is never easy. NBA coaches face many challenges week in, week out, whether its' injuries, bad beats, and supernatural performances from opposing teams. However, at a point, the buck must stop somewhere, and that somewhere is the head coach. Not every NBA coach is an All-Timer, and some of the coaches on this list might actually be among the worst NBA coaches of all time. But, who are the best NBA head coaches fired this year? Which NBA coach got the axe too soon? Who deserves another spin around the NBA coaching carousel? 

Many would consider Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts to be the best NBA coach fired in 2021, having won over 400 games. Then there's Indiana Pacers head coach Nate Bjorkgren who only got one injured-filled season to prove his worth before getting ousted. Other NBA coaches fired in 2021 include Luke Walton and Stan Van Gundy, who both have career losing records.

Vote up the NBA coaches who deserve another shot on the sidelines, or the NBA coaches you'd love to see your team hire.


  • FIRED June 4, 2021

    Record: 402-318 over nine seasons

    Terry Linn Stotts (born November 25, 1957) is an American professional basketball coach and former player. He most recently served as head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After a playing as a forward in Europe and the Continental Basketball Association (CBA), where he was coached by George Karl, Stotts became a part of Karl's coaching staff on multiple teams in the CBA and NBA. He later got opportunities as a head coach for the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks, before helping the Dallas Mavericks win the 2011 NBA championship as an assistant coach.
    • Teams Managed: Portland Trail Blazers
    • Birthplace: Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • Luke Walton
    Photo: Sacramento Kings / Instagram

    FIRED November 21, 2021

    Record: 68-93 over three seasons

    Luke Theodore Walton (born March 28, 1980) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who most recently served as the head coach of the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played 10 seasons in the NBA as a forward, winning two NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. He also won a title as an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors before serving as the head coach of the Lakers from 2016 through 2019.
    • Teams Managed: Sacramento Kings
    • Birthplace: San Diego, California
  • FIRED June 16, 2021

    Record: 183-207 over five seasons

    Scott William Brooks (born July 31, 1965) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is the top assistant coach for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played point guard at San Joaquin Delta College and Texas Christian University before playing his last two years at the University of California, Irvine. He was inducted into UCI's Hall of Fame in 2001.
    • Teams Managed: Washington Wizards
    • Birthplace: French Camp, California
  • FIRED June 5, 2021

    Record: 96-131 over three seasons

    Steven Gerald Clifford (born September 17, 1961) is an American basketball coach for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has previously served as the head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets and the Orlando Magic.
    • Teams Managed: Orlando Magic
    • Birthplace: Lincoln, Maine
  • FIRED June 16, 2021

    Record: 31-41 in one season

    Stanley Alan Van Gundy (born August 26, 1959) is a former American basketball coach and current NBA game analyst for TNT. Prior to TNT, Van Gundy most recently served as the head coach for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also served as the head coach and president of basketball operations for the Detroit Pistons from 2014 to 2018. From 2003 to 2005, he was the head coach of the Miami Heat but resigned in 2005 mid-season, turning the job over to Pat Riley. Van Gundy then coached the Orlando Magic for five seasons from 2007 to 2012, leading them to the 2009 NBA Finals. He is the older brother of former New York Knicks and Houston Rockets head coach ...more
    • Teams Managed: New Orleans Pelicans
    • Birthplace: Indio, California
  • Nate Bjorkgren
    Photo: Indiana Pacers / YouTube

    FIRED June 9, 2021

    Record: 34-38 in one season

    Nate Bjorkgren (BEE-ork-Gren; born June 20, 1975) is an American basketball coach, currently an assistant coach for The Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the University of South Dakota and Buena Vista University. He was previously an assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns from 2015 to 2017 and the Toronto Raptors from 2018 to 2020.
    • Teams Managed: Indiana Pacers
    • Birthplace: Storm Lake, Iowa