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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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1,748 380
Gregg Popovich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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2
1,270 535
Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Phil Jackson age 70

3
721 238
Red Auerbach is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Red Auerbach Died at 89 (1917-2006)

4
757 326
Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Pat Riley age 70

5
447 242
Chuck Daly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Chuck Daly Died at 79 (1930-2009)

6
438 215
Jerry Sloan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Jerry Sloan age 73

7
383 218
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Larry Brown age 75

8
376 207
Rick Carlisle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Rick Carlisle age 58

9
296 272
George Karl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
George Karl age 64

10
255 204
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Don Nelson age 75

11
412 442
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Doc Rivers age 56

12
322 206
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
koh-smoger added Steve Kerr age 52

13
205 134
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Lenny Wilkens age 78

14
256 198
Tom Thibodeau is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Tom Thibodeau age 59

15
167 160
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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238 137
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Russell age 81

17
151 120
Erik Spoelstra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
angelo-parco-de-mesa added Erik Spoelstra age 47

18
121 111
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added K. C. Jones age 83

19
146 194
Stan Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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157 158
Rick Adelman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Rick Adelman age 69

21
98 124
Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

22
135 125
Flip Saunders is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Flip Saunders age 60

23
153 149
Jeff Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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109 84
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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116 128
Hubie Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Hubie Brown age 82

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94 90
Red Holzman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Red Holzman Died at 78 (1920-1998)

27
111 160
Doug Collins is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Doug Collins age 64

28
69 105
John Kundla is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
John Kundla age 99

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75 107
Bill Fitch is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Fitch age 83

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128 57
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Larry Bird age 61

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72 86
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added Tom Heinsohn age 81

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84 135
Frank Layden is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Frank Layden age 83

33
57 96
Dwane Casey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
coolmiles added Dwayne Casey age 60

34
163 51
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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74 40
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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50 84
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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70 90
Mike D'Antoni is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
zgmoney added Mike D'Antoni age 66

38
71 30
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
tom-charbono added Kevin McHale age 60

39
44 112
Paul Westhead is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Paul Westhead age 76

40
74 46
Mike Budenholzer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
jeffwill2000 added Mike Budenholzer age 46

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54 72
Scott Brooks is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
zgmoney added Scott Brooks age 52

42
59 127
Byron Scott is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Byron Scott age 54

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40 59
Mike Fratello is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
EliasOmarEsgdaille added Mike Fratello age 68

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30 87
John MacLeod is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
John MacLeod age 78

45
30 53
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Sharman Died at 87 (1926-2013)

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40 100
Rick Majerus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Rick Majerus Died at 64 (1948-2012)

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57 56
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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28 43
Lionel Hollins is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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19 36
Dick Motta is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Dick Motta age 84

50
43 65
Scott Skiles is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
JoeAzar added Scott Skiles age 51