The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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List Criteria: The greatest NBA coaches in history

It's no surprise that some of the best NBA players of all time go on to become some of the best NBA coaches ever, and this list of the all-time greatest NBA coaches is testament to that fact. These men helm some of the greatest sports franchises in the sports world and are able to consistently coach the best performances from their players.

What makes somebody the greatest NBA coach ever? That's a pretty subjective question to answer. Are the top NBA coaches the ones in charge of the NBA teams with the best defense? Or the NBA teams with the best offense? Are they the ones who can reign in a team of superstar athletes and get them to play nice together? Are the best NBA coaches the coaches with the best win-loss record? Or are the greatest NBA coaches simply the coaches with the most NBA championship rings?

Who is the best NBA coach of all time? You decide! Some of the NBA's famous basketball coaches on this list have been around longer than others, but the point of this list of the all-time top NBA coaches is to determine which NBA coach had the best run whether they were in charge of a team for 2 years or 20. If you don't see your favorite NBA coach on this list of the all-time best NBA coaches, make sure to add his name so he can vie for the top spot of the best NBA coach ever.
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    Gregg Popovich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches


    Gregg Popovich age 66

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    Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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    Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches


    Pat Riley age 70

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    Red Auerbach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches


    Red Auerbach Died at 89 (1917-2006)

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    Jerry Sloan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches


    Jerry Sloan age 73

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    Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches


    Larry Brown age 75

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    George Karl is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches


    George Karl age 64

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    Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches


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    Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches


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    Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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    Steve Kerr age 50

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    Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches


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    Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches


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    K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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    Rick Adelman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches


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    Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches


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    Dwayne Casey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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    Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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    Tom Heinsohn age 81

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    Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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    Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches


    Bill Sharman Died at 87 (1926-2013)

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    Mike Krzyzewski is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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    Mike Krzyzewski age 68

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    Scott Brooks is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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    Scott Brooks age 50

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    Al Attles is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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    Scott Skiles is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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