sports The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time  

Blake Edwards
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List Rules Only NBA head coaches, as long as he is terrible

The worst NBA coaches of all time are some of the worst basketball coaches to take the reins of professional basketball teams. They will always be remembered for their contributions to their individual teams but not for the championships and high winning percentages. Plain and simple, these worst National Basketball Association coaches set the bar for how not to coach professional basketball teams.

Similar to the worst NHL coaches of all time, many of these bad NBA coaches had stellar playing careers but when their playing days were over and they made the leap to coaching, things didn't go so well. Isiah Thomas had that exact experience. He had a record-setting career as a player with the Detroit Pistons but his experience as the President of Basketball Operations with the New York Knicks was far from positive.

For other bad NBA coaches, the records they set were for having the worst teams in the history of the league. Sidney Lowe for example tallied a .257 win percentage between his coaching stays with the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Grizzlies in both Vancouver and Memphis. Bill Hanzlik was even worst when he won only 11 of 82 games with the Denver Nuggets in the 1997-98 season. Jim Todd however takes the cake with his 4-33 record coaching the Los Angeles Clippers in 1999-2000.

So for whatever reason, all of these worst NBA coaches of all time share one thing in common, at one point in their professional basketball coaching careers they absolutely stunk. But like the worst NFL coaches of all time, many have been given a reprieve and have since gone on to see success with other teams and even at other levels. If nothing else, that should show that if you're passionate about something, don't give up on it! It might not go so well in one situation, but that doesn't mean your next attempt will turn out the same way.

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Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Isiah Thomas age 56

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Sidney Lowe is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Sidney Lowe age 55

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M. L. Carr is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
M. L. Carr age 64

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Tim Floyd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Tim Floyd age 61

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Kurt Rambis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Kurt Rambis age 59

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Dick Harter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Dick Harter Died at 82 (1930-2012)

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Brian Winters is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Brian Winters age 63

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Gar Heard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Gar Heard age 69

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Bill Cartwright is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time

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Mike Brown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Mike Brown age 45

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Bill Hanzlik is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Bill Hanzlik age 60

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Bill Blair is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Bill Blair age 73

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Marc Iavaroni is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Marc Iavaroni age 59

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Brian Hill is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Brian Hill age 68

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Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Magic Johnson age 58

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John Kuester is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
John Kuester age 60

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Gene Littles is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Gene Littles age 72

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Jim Todd is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Jim Todd age 68

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Brian Shaw is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Brian Shaw age 51

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Matt Guokas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Matt Guokas age 71

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Bob Weiss is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Bob Weiss age 75

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Lon Kruger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Lon Kruger age 63

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Fred Carter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Fred Carter age 70

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Eric Musselman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time

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Bruce Hale is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Bruce Hale Died at 62 (1918-1980)

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Don Chaney is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Don Chaney age 71

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Earl Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Earl Lloyd age 87

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Dick Vitale is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Dick Vitale age 76

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Keith Smart is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Keith Smart age 53 -  

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Rolland Todd is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time

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Andrew Levane is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Andrew Levane Died at 92 (1920-2012)

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Quinn Buckner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Quinn Buckner age 61

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Vinny Del Negro is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time

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Johnny McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time

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Jim Cleamons is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Jim Cleamons age 66

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Ron Rothstein is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Ron Rothstein age 73

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Jack McCloskey is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time

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Eddie Donovan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Eddie Donovan Died at 79 (1922-2001)

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Kevin O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Kevin O'Neill Died at 77 (1908-1985)

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Byron Scott is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Byron Scott age 56

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Brendan Malone is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time

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Leonard Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time

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Sam Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Sam Mitchell age 33

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P. J. Carlesimo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time

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Erik Spoelstra is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time

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Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time