NBA The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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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

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

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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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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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Jerry Sloan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Jerry Sloan age 75

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

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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 56

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George Karl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
George Karl age 66

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Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Don Nelson age 77

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Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Steve Kerr age 52

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Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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

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Tom Thibodeau is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Tom Thibodeau age 59

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

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

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Rick Adelman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Rick Adelman age 71

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K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
K. C. Jones age 85

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Flip Saunders is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Flip Saunders age 62

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

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Jeff Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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Erik Spoelstra is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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Hubie Brown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Hubie Brown age 84

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Doug Collins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Doug Collins age 66

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Jack Ramsay is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Jack Ramsay Died at 89 (1925-2014)

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Frank Layden is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Frank Layden age 83

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Dwane Casey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Dwayne Casey age 60

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John Kundla is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
John Kundla age 99

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Bill Fitch is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Fitch age 83

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Red Holzman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Red Holzman Died at 78 (1920-1998)

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

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

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Cotton Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Cotton Fitzsimmons Died at 73 (1931-2004)

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Paul Westhead is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Paul Westhead age 78

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John Wooden is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
John Wooden Died at 100 (1910-2010)

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Mike D'Antoni is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Mike D'Antoni age 66

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Mike Krzyzewski is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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Mike Fratello is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Mike Fratello age 70

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Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Sharman Died at 87 (1926-2013)

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Rick Majerus is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Rick Majerus Died at 64 (1948-2012)

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Tex Winter is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Tex Winter age 95

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

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Scott Brooks is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Scott Brooks age 52

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Lionel Hollins is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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Scott Skiles is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Scott Skiles age 53

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Al Attles is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Al Attles age 81

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John MacLeod is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
John MacLeod age 80

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Mike Dunleavy, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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David Blatt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
David Blatt age 56