The All-Time Best NBA Coaches People In Sports
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The All-Time Best NBA Coaches

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 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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  1. 1
    Up 136
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    the people's #1
    Phil Jackson

    1945 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 108
    Down 14

    ranked low on reranks
    Gregg Popovich

    1949 More
    95
  3. 3
    Up 86
    Down 21
    1917 More
    88
  4. 4
    Up 89
    Down 34

    most listed
    Pat Riley

    1945 More
    87
  5. 5
    Up 72
    Down 31
    1942 More
    79
  6. 6
    Up 64
    Down 31
    1930 More
    79
  7. 7
    Up 47
    Down 25
    1940 More
    67
  8. 8
    Up 45
    Down 36
    1940 More
    62
  9. 9
    Up 48
    Down 18
    1951 More
    61
  10. 10
    Up 37
    Down 14
    1959 More
    58
  11. 11
    Up 53
    Down 46
    1961 More
    57
  12. 12
    Up 17
    Down 16

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Rudy Tomjanovich

    1948 More
    57
  13. 13
    Up 37
    Down 18
    1946 More
    54
  14. 14
    Up 26
    Down 29

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Frank Layden

    1932 More
    53
  15. 15
    Up 35
    Down 16

    ranked low on reranks
    Tom Thibodeau

    1958 More
    52
  16. 16
    Up 27
    Down 14

    ranked low on reranks
    Lenny Wilkens

    1937 More
    51
  17. 17
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    Down 37
    1951 More
    49
  18. 18
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    Down 24
    1933 More
    45
  19. 19
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    Down 26
    1962 More
    44
  20. 20
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    Down 11
    1943 More
    43
  21. 21
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    1939 More
    43
  22. 22
    Up 13
    Down 14
    1934 More
    42
  23. 23
    Up 17
    Down 9
    1934 More
    41
  24. 24
    Up 13
    Down 12
    1948 More
    39
  25. 25
    Up 10
    Down 11
    1916 More
    39
  26. 26
    Up 18
    Down 23
    1959 More
    39
  27. 27
    Up 9
    Down 5
    1925 More
    37
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  28. 28
    Up 8
    Down 6
    1932 More
    36
    added by: wiabux
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    1934 More
    33
    added by: wiabux
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    1931 More
    33
  31. 31
    Up 10
    Down 13
    1937 More
    32
  32. 32
    Up 7
    Down 10
    1961 More
    31
  33. 33
    Up 13
    Down 21

    often listed
    Flip Saunders

    31
  34. 34
    Up 13
    Down 8
    1920 More
    30
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