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

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2,129 897
Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Phil Jackson age 73

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1,256 533
Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Pat Riley age 73

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1,187 435
Red Auerbach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Red Auerbach Died at 89 (1917-2006)

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718 410
Chuck Daly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Chuck Daly Died at 79 (1930-2009)

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694 367
Jerry Sloan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Jerry Sloan age 76

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

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

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

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439 408
George Karl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
George Karl age 67

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394 309
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Don Nelson age 78

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

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

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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

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

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

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355 252
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

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

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

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

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

The Best Lifestyle TV Shows

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

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

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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)

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168 191
Hubie Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Hubie Brown age 85

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

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170 76
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)

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Doug Collins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Doug Collins age 67

The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Larry Bird age 62

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

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

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

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

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Bill Fitch is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Fitch age 84

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John Kundla is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
John Kundla age 102

37 Celebrities Who Played High School Basketball

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

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

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

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

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Paul Westhead is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Paul Westhead age 79

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Cotton Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Cotton Fitzsimmons Died at 73 (1931-2004)

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mike Fratello is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
EliasOmarEsgdaille added Mike Fratello age 71

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Tex Winter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
victorvonvega added Tex Winter age 96

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