2. The 2013-14 Championship Season
While Popovich has won five championships, a major accomplishment, his most recent championship ranks as his most impressive. Why? Because of what preceded it. The Spurs lost the 2013 NBA Finals in a soul-crushing way, and it seemed unlikely that they’d be back after the stars aligned to get them there. They did, of course, but it wasn’t exactly a cakewalk.
Popovich had to deal with injury after injury, including having five rotation players out simultaneously at one point. He responded by digging deep into his bench and plugging and playing, even calling up players from the G League and signing free agents, even having them start. The Spurs would go on to win 62 games and become known for their “beautiful game” read and react offense, as well as their stingy defense.
Nevertheless, they were tested by the Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder but overcame both obstacles en route to the NBA Finals. There, they only needed five games to avenge the previous year’s loss to the Miami Heat, securing the Spurs their fifth championship with Popovich as a coach. It's all the more remarkable considering that it gave him a title in three different decades, the only coach ever to do so.
1. Pop Becomes the NBA's All-Time Winningest NBA Coach
All in all, Popovich becoming the NBA’s all-time winningest coach is the icing on the cake of his legendary career. Having his name cemented in the record books in this way is important to his legacy.
The fact that Popovich did all that winning with one team is unlike most of the other coaches on the all-time wins list. Ultimately, that ranks as his most impressive accomplishment ever.