The All-Time Best NBA Coaches People In Sports

The All-Time Best NBA Coaches

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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 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.

List Criteria: The greatest NBA coaches in history

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    the people's #1
    Phil Jackson

    1945 More
    100
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    1949 More
    93
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    1917 More
    91
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    most listed
    Pat Riley

    1945 More
    90
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    1942 More
    82
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    1930 More
    79
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    1940 More
    67
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    1961 More
    66
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    1951 More
    66
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    1940 More
    65
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    1946 More
    64
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    1932 More
    62
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    1937 More
    62
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Rudy Tomjanovich

    1948 More
    61
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    1959 More
    60
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    1958 More
    58
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    controversial
    Doug Collins

    1951 More
    54
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    1962 More
    53
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    1933 More
    52
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    1934 More
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    1939 More
    51
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    1943 More
    50
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    1934 More
    49
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    niche appeal
    Stan Van Gundy

    1959 More
    47
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    niche appeal
    Rick Majerus

    1948 More
    46
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    niche appeal
    John Kundla

    1916 More
    46
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    1931 More
    42
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    1937 More
    41
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    1961 More
    38
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    1920 More
    35
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    Flip Saunders

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    1934 More
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