Cotton Fitzsimmons

Cotton Fitzsimmons
Born: October 7, 1931
Hannibal, MO
Deceased: July 24, 2004
Coaching Career: 1970-1996
Elected to Basketball Hall of Fame in 2021.

Cotton Fitzsimmons compiled a record of 832 wins and 775 losses in his coaching career with the Atlanta Hawks, Buffalo Braves, Kansas City Kings, Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs. He began coaching during the 1970 season and last coached during the 1996 campaign. Fitzsimmons was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2021.

Coaching Record:

Regular Season Playoffs
Season League Team G W L Win% G W L Win%
1970-71NBAPhoenix Suns824834.585
1971-72NBAPhoenix Suns824933.598
1972-73NBAAtlanta Hawks824636.561 624.333
1973-74NBAAtlanta Hawks823547.427
1974-75NBAAtlanta Hawks823151.378
1975-76NBAAtlanta Hawks742846.378
1977-78NBABuffalo Braves822755.329
1978-79NBAKansas City Kings824834.585 514.200
1979-80NBAKansas City Kings824735.573 312.333
1980-81NBAKansas City Kings824042.488 1578.467
1981-82NBAKansas City Kings823052.366
1982-83NBAKansas City Kings824537.549
1983-84NBAKansas City Kings823844.463 303.000
1984-85NBASan Antonio Spurs824141.500 523.400
1985-86NBASan Antonio Spurs823547.427 303.000
1988-89NBAPhoenix Suns825527.671 1275.583
1989-90NBAPhoenix Suns825428.659 1697.563
1990-91NBAPhoenix Suns825527.671 413.250
1991-92NBAPhoenix Suns825329.646 844.500
1995-96NBAPhoenix Suns492722.551 413.250
1996-97NBAPhoenix Suns808.000
Totals1607832775.518 843549.417


1978 - NBA Coach of the Year
1988 - NBA Coach of the Year