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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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1,638 355
Gregg Popovich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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2
1,215 498
Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Phil Jackson age 70

3
671 227
Red Auerbach is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Red Auerbach Died at 89 (1917-2006)

4
717 314
Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Pat Riley age 70

5
425 232
Chuck Daly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Chuck Daly Died at 79 (1930-2009)

6
421 205
Jerry Sloan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Jerry Sloan age 73

7
370 207
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Larry Brown age 75

8
361 193
Rick Carlisle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Rick Carlisle age 56

9
286 261
George Karl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
George Karl age 64

10
398 418
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Doc Rivers age 54

11
245 196
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Don Nelson age 75

12
293 192
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
koh-smoger added Steve Kerr age 50

13
248 188
Tom Thibodeau is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Tom Thibodeau age 57

14
193 131
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Lenny Wilkens age 78

15
161 153
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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216 135
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Russell age 81

17
142 182
Stan Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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137 108
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
155 148
Rick Adelman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Rick Adelman age 69

20
111 104
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added K. C. Jones age 83

21
96 118
Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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131 119
Flip Saunders is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Flip Saunders age 60

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150 142
Jeff Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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108 125
Hubie Brown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Hubie Brown age 82

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103 80
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)

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107 155
Doug Collins is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Doug Collins age 64

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65 101
John Kundla is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
John Kundla age 99

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90 86
Red Holzman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Red Holzman Died at 78 (1920-1998)

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70 104
Bill Fitch is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Fitch age 83

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80 132
Frank Layden is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Frank Layden age 83

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56 92
Dwane Casey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
coolmiles added Dwayne Casey age 58

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121 54
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Larry Bird age 59

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66 84
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added Tom Heinsohn age 81

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151 49
Mike Krzyzewski is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
cwaldo1 added Mike Krzyzewski age 68

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69 39
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)

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48 83
Cotton Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Cotton Fitzsimmons Died at 73 (1931-2004)

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61 89
Mike D'Antoni is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
zgmoney added Mike D'Antoni age 64

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43 110
Paul Westhead is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Paul Westhead age 76

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66 27
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
tom-charbono added Kevin McHale age 58

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71 44
Mike Budenholzer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
jeffwill2000 added Mike Budenholzer age 44

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48 69
Scott Brooks is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
zgmoney added Scott Brooks age 50

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37 58
Mike Fratello is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
EliasOmarEsgdaille added Mike Fratello age 68

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56 124
Byron Scott is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Byron Scott age 54

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29 52
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Sharman Died at 87 (1926-2013)

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39 99
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 86
John MacLeod is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
John MacLeod age 78

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54 55
Tex Winter is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
victorvonvega added Tex Winter age 93

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41 64
Scott Skiles is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
JoeAzar added Scott Skiles age 51

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27 42
Lionel Hollins is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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46 89
David Blatt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
페리표1 added David Blatt age 56