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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.
list ordered by

1
3,438 859
Gregg Popovich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

2
2,501 1,013
Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 74

3
1,482 626
Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 74

4
1,385 507
Red Auerbach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Dec. at 89 (1917-2006)

5
799 475
Chuck Daly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Dec. at 79 (1930-2009)

6
792 419
Jerry Sloan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 77

7
692 461
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 79

8
621 432
Rick Carlisle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 60

9
460 354
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 79

10
951 673
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
koh-smoger added age 54

11
491 462
George Karl is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 68

12
671 785
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 58

13
370 246
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 82

14
568 302
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 85

15
299 274
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

16
422 308
Erik Spoelstra is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
angelo-parco-de-mesa added age 49

17
396 426
Tom Thibodeau is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 61

18
256 206
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added age 87

19
295 260
Jeff Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

20
250 370
Stan Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

21
250 260
Rick Adelman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 73

22
170 215
Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

23
221 209
Flip Saunders is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 64

24
194 147
Jack Ramsay is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added Dec. at 89 (1925-2014)

25
225 86
John Wooden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
tom-charbono added Dec. at 100 (1910-2010)