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The magic number for Gregg Popovich is 26

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich may have ended this season 33-39, but his career regular season record is now 1,310-653. That puts him 22 regular season wins from tying Lenny Wilkins, twenty-five from tying Don Nelson, and twenty-six from owning the honors as the winningest regular season coach in NBA history.

You may have noticed the duplication of the phrase “regular season” above, and that’s because when all games are accumulated (including postseason), Pop has been at the top since April of 2019.

Were Pop to return as head coach of the Spurs, he is positioned to end the 2021-2022 season as the NBA coach with the most wins, both regular and postseason.