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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
2,857 682
Gregg Popovich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

2
2,017 871
Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Phil Jackson age 73

3
1,202 506
Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Pat Riley age 73

4
1,144 414
Red Auerbach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Red Auerbach Died at 89 (1917-2006)

5
688 396
Chuck Daly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Chuck Daly Died at 79 (1930-2009)

6
673 348
Jerry Sloan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Jerry Sloan age 76

7
583 377
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Larry Brown age 78

8
742 480
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
koh-smoger added Steve Kerr age 53

9
528 368
Rick Carlisle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Rick Carlisle age 59

10
423 397
George Karl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
George Karl age 67

11
382 300
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Don Nelson age 78

12
573 680
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Doc Rivers age 57

13
306 213
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Lenny Wilkens age 81

14
456 247
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Russell age 84

The Best Current NBA Centers

15
256 239
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

16
352 342
Tom Thibodeau is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Tom Thibodeau age 60

17
339 244
Erik Spoelstra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
angelo-parco-de-mesa added Erik Spoelstra age 48

18
207 175
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added K. C. Jones age 86

19
217 226
Rick Adelman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Rick Adelman age 72

20
147 182
Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

21
211 312
Stan Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

The Best Convertibles of All Time

22
242 218
Jeff Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

23
195 183
Flip Saunders is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Flip Saunders age 63

24
165 128
Jack Ramsay is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added Jack Ramsay Died at 89 (1925-2014)

25
162 186
Hubie Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Hubie Brown age 85

26
138 142
Red Holzman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Red Holzman Died at 78 (1920-1998)

27
160 73
John Wooden is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
tom-charbono added John Wooden Died at 100 (1910-2010)

28
246 134
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Larry Bird age 62

The Best NBA Buys for the Money

29
149 212
Doug Collins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Doug Collins age 67

30
193 141
Mike D'Antoni is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
zgmoney added Mike D'Antoni age 67

31
117 163
Dwane Casey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
coolmiles added Dwayne Casey age 61

32
106 126
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added Tom Heinsohn age 84

33
299 97
Mike Krzyzewski is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
cwaldo1 added Mike Krzyzewski age 71

34
86 155
John Kundla is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
John Kundla age 102

35
96 151
Bill Fitch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Fitch age 84

37 Celebrities Who Played High School Basketball

36
102 177
Frank Layden is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Frank Layden age 86

37
167 30
Brad Stevens is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Brad Stevens age 42

38
80 24
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Jerry West age 80

39
115 77
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
tom-charbono added Kevin McHale age 61

40
68 119
Cotton Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Cotton Fitzsimmons Died at 73 (1931-2004)

41
60 144
Paul Westhead is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Paul Westhead age 79

42
73 106
Scott Brooks is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
zgmoney added Scott Brooks age 53

The Best NBA Arenas

43
86 165
Byron Scott is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Byron Scott age 57

44
103 82
Mike Budenholzer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
jeffwill2000 added Mike Budenholzer age 47

45
43 60
Dick Motta is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Dick Motta age 87

46
47 83
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Sharman Died at 87 (1926-2013)

47
67 48
Dean Smith is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
little JP Tokoto added Dean Smith age 86

48
79 85
Tex Winter is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
victorvonvega added Tex Winter age 96

49
54 92
Mike Fratello is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
EliasOmarEsgdaille added Mike Fratello age 71

50
57 125
Rick Majerus is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Rick Majerus Died at 64 (1948-2012)