Rudy Tomjanovich Consideration Into Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

Rudy Tomjanovich Consideration Into Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame


Coaching Accomplishments:

  • Two-time NBA Champion Head Coach (1994, 1995)
  • One of six NBA Coaches to win back-to-back NBA Championships (Phil Jackson, Red Auerbach, John Kundla, Chuck Daly, and Erik Spoelstra)
  • One of three NBA Coaches to win an NBA Championship and an Olympic Championship (Chuck Daly, Lenny Wilkens)
  • Three-time NBA Coach of the Month Award Winner
  • Led the Houston Rockets to 7 straight NBA Playoff Appearances (1992 – 1999)
  • Led the Houston Rockets to 3, 50 plus win NBA Seasons
  • In his 11 plus seasons as the Houston Rockets Head Coach, he posted a 503-397 (.559) regular season record and a 51-39 (.567) playoff mark
  • Houston Rockets All-Time leader in career wins
  • Houston Rockets All-Time leader in winning percentage
  • In his first complete season (1992-1993) as the Houston Rockets Head Coach, Tomjanovich led his team to a division title, making him the only Head Coach to ever take his team from the lottery to a division title during his first full season
  • Won the 1986 NBA Championship as an Assistant Coach with the Houston Rockets
  • Tomjanovich spent 34 years with the Houston Rockets as a Head Coach, Assistant Coach, and Player
  • The “Rudy Tomjanovich Award” which recognizes a NBA Coach each season for his cooperation with the media and fans, as well as his excellence on the court, was named after Coach Tomjanovich, who always was professional and respectful in dealing with the media.
    • The award, which is given out by the Professional Basketball Writers Association, was first awarded in 2010 and its past winners are some of the NBA’s present great coaches.
      • 2010-2011 – Jerry Sloan, Utah Jazz
      • 2011-2012 – Doc Rivers, Boston Celtics
      • 2012-2013 – George Karl, Denver Nuggets
      • 2013-2014 – Frank Vogel, Indiana Pacers
  • Head Coach of the gold medalist USA Men’s Basketball Team at the 2000 Summer Olympics
  • Head Coach of the Bronze Medalist USA Men’s Basketball (all amateur) Team at the 1998 FIBA World Championship
  • Chosen to be the Head Coach of the 1997 NBA All-Star Game
  • Winner of the 1993 Sporting News NBA Coach of the Year Award
  • His .567 NBA Playoff Winning Percentage ranks 19th All-Time
  • His hands-off, easy-going manner with his players gave him a reputation as a “players coach,” and as such veteran players were eager to play on his teams. Among the stars that requested and were granted trades to Houston during his tenure were Clyde Drexler, Charles Barkley, and Scottie Pippen
  • Tomjanovich’s contributions to basketball cannot be mentioned without the enormous role he has played in shaping the next generation of NBA Coaches. Rudy Tomjanovich’s “coaching tree” extends to Del Harris, Bill Fitch, Lionel Hollins, John Lucas, Mike Woodson, Don Chaney, Avery Johnson, Scott Brooks, Jim Boylen, Frank Hamblen, Brian Shaw, Lon Keuger, Jason Kidd, Larry Brown, and Tubby Smith

Player Accomplishments:

  • Five-time NBA All-Star (1974-1977, 1979)
  • His Number 45 is retired by the Houston Rockets
  • Selected as an NCAA All-American in 1970
  • All-Time University of Michigan leader in rebounds
  • Second All-Time points per game in University of Michigan history
  • Holds the Crisler Arena single game scoring and rebounding records (48 Points and 30 Rebounds)
  • Inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame