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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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1,598 350
Gregg Popovich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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2
1,193 489
Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Phil Jackson age 72

3
705 306
Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Pat Riley age 72

4
655 225
Red Auerbach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Red Auerbach Died at 89 (1917-2006)

5
420 228
Chuck Daly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Chuck Daly Died at 79 (1930-2009)

6
412 204
Jerry Sloan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Jerry Sloan age 73

7
363 205
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Larry Brown age 77

8
351 192
Rick Carlisle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Rick Carlisle age 58

9
281 260
George Karl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
George Karl age 64

10
393 413
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Doc Rivers age 54

11
242 194
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Don Nelson age 75

12
285 188
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
koh-smoger added Steve Kerr age 50

13
246 184
Tom Thibodeau is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Tom Thibodeau age 57

14
191 129
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Lenny Wilkens age 80

15
158 151
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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211 134
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Russell age 83

17
142 178
Stan Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

18
132 106
Erik Spoelstra is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
angelo-parco-de-mesa added Erik Spoelstra age 45

19
152 148
Rick Adelman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Rick Adelman age 71

20
109 103
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added K. C. Jones age 85

21
96 117
Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

22
130 119
Flip Saunders is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Flip Saunders age 60

23
150 141
Jeff Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

24
107 125
Hubie Brown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Hubie Brown age 82

25
102 79
Jack Ramsay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added Jack Ramsay Died at 89 (1925-2014)

26
107 154
Doug Collins is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Doug Collins age 64

27
65 100
John Kundla is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
John Kundla age 99

28
90 85
Red Holzman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Red Holzman Died at 78 (1920-1998)

29
70 103
Bill Fitch is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Fitch age 81

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79 131
Frank Layden is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Frank Layden age 83

31
56 91
Dwane Casey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
coolmiles added Dwayne Casey age 58

32
120 53
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Larry Bird age 61

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

34
149 49
Mike Krzyzewski is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
cwaldo1 added Mike Krzyzewski age 70

35
68 38
John Wooden is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
tom-charbono added John Wooden Died at 100 (1910-2010)

36
48 82
Cotton Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Cotton Fitzsimmons Died at 73 (1931-2004)

37
61 86
Mike D'Antoni is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
zgmoney added Mike D'Antoni age 64

38
43 109
Paul Westhead is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Paul Westhead age 76

39
64 27
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
tom-charbono added Kevin McHale age 60

40
70 44
Mike Budenholzer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
jeffwill2000 added Mike Budenholzer age 44

41
48 68
Scott Brooks is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
zgmoney added Scott Brooks age 50

42
37 57
Mike Fratello is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
EliasOmarEsgdaille added Mike Fratello age 68

43
56 122
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 51
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Sharman Died at 87 (1926-2013)

45
39 98
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 85
John MacLeod is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
John MacLeod age 78

47
54 54
Tex Winter is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
victorvonvega added Tex Winter age 95

48
27 41
Lionel Hollins is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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40 64
Scott Skiles is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
JoeAzar added Scott Skiles age 51

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46 88
David Blatt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
페리표1 added David Blatt age 58