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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
3,147 786
Gregg Popovich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

2
2,276 944
Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 73

3
1,349 563
Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 73

4
1,274 471
Red Auerbach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Died at 89 (1917-2006)

5
752 437
Chuck Daly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Died at 79 (1930-2009)

6
735 392
Jerry Sloan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 76

7
641 427
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 78

8
857 587
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
koh-smoger added age 53

9
463 427
George Karl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 67

10
579 409
Rick Carlisle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 59

11
419 324
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 78

12
626 735
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 57

13
338 234
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 81

14
515 278
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 84

15
281 258
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

16
383 273
Erik Spoelstra is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
angelo-parco-de-mesa added age 48

17
382 384
Tom Thibodeau is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 60

18
231 195
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added age 86

19
239 344
Stan Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

20
273 242
Jeff Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

21
237 245
Rick Adelman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 72

22
162 203
Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

23
211 200
Flip Saunders is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 63

24
184 137
Jack Ramsay is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added Died at 89 (1925-2014)

25
198 80
John Wooden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
tom-charbono added Died at 100 (1910-2010)

26
178 201
Hubie Brown is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 85

27
286 150
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 62

28
151 155
Red Holzman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Died at 78 (1920-1998)

29
161 224
Doug Collins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 67

30
234 156
Mike D'Antoni is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
zgmoney added age 67

31
146 179
Dwane Casey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
coolmiles added age 61

32
339 110
Mike Krzyzewski is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
cwaldo1 added age 71

33
111 143
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added age 84

34
95 167
John Kundla is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 102

35
105 162
Bill Fitch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 84

36
107 189
Frank Layden is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 86

37
219 34
Brad Stevens is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 42

38
101 29
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 80

39
129 86
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
tom-charbono added age 61

40
75 128
Cotton Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Died at 73 (1931-2004)

41
65 153
Paul Westhead is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 79

42
80 113
Scott Brooks is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
zgmoney added age 53

43
90 175
Byron Scott is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 57

44
113 88
Mike Budenholzer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
jeffwill2000 added age 47

45
49 68
Dick Motta is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 87

46
52 90
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Died at 87 (1926-2013)

47
74 53
Dean Smith is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
little JP Tokoto added age 86

48
87 92
Tex Winter is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
victorvonvega added age 96

49
57 100
Mike Fratello is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
EliasOmarEsgdaille added age 71

50
59 133
Rick Majerus is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Died at 64 (1948-2012)