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List Rules 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

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Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Phil Jackson age 72

3
+ - 688 300
Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Pat Riley age 72

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+ - 644 220
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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+ - 413 222
Chuck Daly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Chuck Daly Died at 79 (1930-2009)

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+ - 401 200
Jerry Sloan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Jerry Sloan age 73

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+ - 354 202
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Larry Brown age 77

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+ - 342 186
Rick Carlisle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Rick Carlisle age 58

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Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Doc Rivers age 54

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+ - 278 252
George Karl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
George Karl age 64

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+ - 234 193
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Don Nelson age 75

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+ - 271 183
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Steve Kerr age 50

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+ - 241 181
Tom Thibodeau is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Tom Thibodeau age 57

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+ - 189 127
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Lenny Wilkens age 80

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+ - 156 149
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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+ - 209 129
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Russell age 83

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+ - 140 174
Stan Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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+ - 127 102
Erik Spoelstra is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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+ - 150 146
Rick Adelman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Rick Adelman age 71

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+ - 107 101
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
K. C. Jones age 85

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+ - 129 117
Flip Saunders is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Flip Saunders age 60

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+ - 94 115
Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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+ - 149 138
Jeff Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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+ - 106 123
Hubie Brown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Hubie Brown age 82

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+ - 100 78
Jack Ramsay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Jack Ramsay Died at 89 (1925-2014)

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+ - 107 152
Doug Collins is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Doug Collins age 64

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+ - 64 99
John Kundla is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
John Kundla age 99

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+ - 89 84
Red Holzman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Red Holzman Died at 78 (1920-1998)

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+ - 70 102
Bill Fitch is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Fitch age 81

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+ - 79 129
Frank Layden is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Frank Layden age 83

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+ - 53 90
Dwane Casey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Dwayne Casey age 58

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+ - 118 53
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Larry Bird age 61

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+ - 66 81
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Tom Heinsohn age 83

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+ - 143 48
Mike Krzyzewski is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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+ - 48 81
Cotton Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Cotton Fitzsimmons Died at 73 (1931-2004)

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+ - 43 108
Paul Westhead is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Paul Westhead age 76

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+ - 56 86
Mike D'Antoni is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Mike D'Antoni age 64

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+ - 66 37
John Wooden is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
John Wooden Died at 100 (1910-2010)

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+ - 62 27
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Kevin McHale age 60

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+ - 68 44
Mike Budenholzer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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+ - 37 56
Mike Fratello is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Mike Fratello age 68

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+ - 47 68
Scott Brooks is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Scott Brooks age 50

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+ - 55 122
Byron Scott is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Byron Scott age 56

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+ - 29 50
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Sharman Died at 87 (1926-2013)

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+ - 39 97
Rick Majerus is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Rick Majerus Died at 64 (1948-2012)

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+ - 27 84
John MacLeod is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
John MacLeod age 78

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+ - 53 53
Tex Winter is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Tex Winter age 95

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+ - 40 62
Scott Skiles is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Scott Skiles age 51

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+ - 27 40
Lionel Hollins is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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+ - 17 33
Dick Motta is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Dick Motta age 86