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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
2,446 522
Gregg Popovich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

2
1,664 723
Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Phil Jackson age 73

3
970 328
Red Auerbach is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Red Auerbach Died at 89 (1917-2006)

4
989 409
Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Pat Riley age 73

5
578 323
Chuck Daly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Chuck Daly Died at 79 (1930-2009)

6
582 279
Jerry Sloan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Jerry Sloan age 76

7
495 299
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Larry Brown age 78

8
463 306
Rick Carlisle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Rick Carlisle age 59

9
545 339
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
koh-smoger added Steve Kerr age 53

10
364 350
George Karl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
George Karl age 67

11
321 266
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Don Nelson age 78

12
512 578
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Doc Rivers age 57

13
265 177
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Lenny Wilkens age 81

14
367 198
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Russell age 84

The Top NBA Players Of All Time

15
220 206
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

16
318 280
Tom Thibodeau is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Tom Thibodeau age 60

17
263 185
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
173 151
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
193 260
Stan Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

20
191 199
Rick Adelman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Rick Adelman age 72

21
127 162
Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

The Most Influential Contemporary Americans

22
209 188
Jeff Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

23
171 162
Flip Saunders is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Flip Saunders age 63

24
142 113
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
144 163
Hubie Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Hubie Brown age 85

26
124 125
Red Holzman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Red Holzman Died at 78 (1920-1998)

27
199 105
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Larry Bird age 62

28
135 195
Doug Collins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Doug Collins age 67

The Top Current NBA Players

29
128 61
John Wooden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
tom-charbono added John Wooden Died at 100 (1910-2010)

30
243 76
Mike Krzyzewski is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
cwaldo1 added Mike Krzyzewski age 71

31
89 132
Dwane Casey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
coolmiles added Dwayne Casey age 61

32
91 117
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added Tom Heinsohn age 84

33
80 141
John Kundla is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
John Kundla age 102

34
87 141
Bill Fitch is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Fitch age 84

35
97 162
Frank Layden is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Frank Layden age 86

The Weirdest Sports from Around the World

36
133 120
Mike D'Antoni is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
zgmoney added Mike D'Antoni age 67

37
70 16
Brad Stevens is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
TRENT13 added Brad Stevens age 42

38
105 64
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
tom-charbono added Kevin McHale age 61

39
63 111
Cotton Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Cotton Fitzsimmons Died at 73 (1931-2004)

40
55 15
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Jerry West age 80

41
57 135
Paul Westhead is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Paul Westhead age 79

42
71 95
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 Player Nicknames

43
92 72
Mike Budenholzer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
jeffwill2000 added Mike Budenholzer age 47

44
48 35
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
TRENT13 added Jason Kidd age 45

45
78 153
Byron Scott is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Byron Scott age 57

46
44 73
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Sharman Died at 87 (1926-2013)

47
34 55
Dick Motta is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Dick Motta age 87

48
50 83
Mike Fratello is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
EliasOmarEsgdaille added Mike Fratello age 71

49
70 77
Tex Winter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
victorvonvega added Tex Winter age 96

50
53 42
Dean Smith is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
little JP Tokoto added Dean Smith age 86