Position: Head coach
Experience: 20 years (1946-66)
Years with Celtics: 16 seasons (1950-66)
Career stats: 938 wins, 479 losses, .662 winning percentage
Celtics stats: 795 wins, 397 losses, .667 winning percentage
Championships (all with Celtics): Nine (1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966)
All-time Celtics team role: Head coach
Bottom line: When Red Auerbach joined the Celtics in 1950, he was a vagabond who had resigned from three other coaching jobs over the previous year-and-a-half. When Red Auerbach retired from coaching in 1966, he was the greatest NBA coach of all time.
In between, he won nine NBA championships as a coach, and afterward, he would win another seven as an executive, giving him a total of 16 rings.
The NBA Coach of the Year award wasn’t introduced until the 1962-63 season, so Auerbach won it just once. But the NBA honored the godfather of the Celtics and his contributions to the coaching position by naming the award after him and handing out the Red Auerbach Trophy.