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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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2,019 425
Gregg Popovich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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1,414 604
Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Phil Jackson age 70

3
807 274
Red Auerbach is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Red Auerbach Died at 89 (1917-2006)

4
839 354
Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Pat Riley age 70

5
497 268
Chuck Daly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Chuck Daly Died at 79 (1930-2009)

6
485 241
Jerry Sloan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Jerry Sloan age 73

7
418 254
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Larry Brown age 75

8
410 246
Rick Carlisle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Rick Carlisle age 56

9
418 248
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
koh-smoger added Steve Kerr age 52

10
320 310
George Karl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
George Karl age 64

11
276 233
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Don Nelson age 75

12
447 503
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Doc Rivers age 56

13
229 154
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Lenny Wilkens age 78

14
290 158
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Russell age 83

15
286 229
Tom Thibodeau is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Tom Thibodeau age 57

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184 183
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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191 150
Erik Spoelstra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
angelo-parco-de-mesa added Erik Spoelstra age 45

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142 128
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added K. C. Jones age 83

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166 217
Stan Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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166 178
Rick Adelman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Rick Adelman age 69

21
111 139
Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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147 141
Flip Saunders is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Flip Saunders age 60

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176 165
Jeff Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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120 98
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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123 147
Hubie Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Hubie Brown age 82

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125 174
Doug Collins is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Doug Collins age 64

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102 107
Red Holzman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Red Holzman Died at 78 (1920-1998)

28
156 75
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Larry Bird age 61

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82 98
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added Tom Heinsohn age 81

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73 121
John Kundla is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
John Kundla age 99

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80 121
Bill Fitch is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Fitch age 81

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66 109
Dwane Casey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
coolmiles added Dwayne Casey age 60

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189 61
Mike Krzyzewski is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
cwaldo1 added Mike Krzyzewski age 70

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88 149
Frank Layden is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Frank Layden age 83

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90 49
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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92 99
Mike D'Antoni is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
zgmoney added Mike D'Antoni age 64

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56 96
Cotton Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Cotton Fitzsimmons Died at 73 (1931-2004)

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86 41
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
tom-charbono added Kevin McHale age 60

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49 124
Paul Westhead is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Paul Westhead age 76

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82 56
Mike Budenholzer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
jeffwill2000 added Mike Budenholzer age 44

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64 80
Scott Brooks is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
zgmoney added Scott Brooks age 50

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27 8
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
TRENT13 added Jason Kidd age 42

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66 139
Byron Scott is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Byron Scott age 56

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28 10
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Jerry West age 79

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45 70
Mike Fratello is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
EliasOmarEsgdaille added Mike Fratello age 68

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36 63
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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33 99
John MacLeod is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
John MacLeod age 78

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62 64
Tex Winter is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
victorvonvega added Tex Winter age 93

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25 44
Dick Motta is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Dick Motta age 84

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44 110
Rick Majerus is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Rick Majerus Died at 64 (1948-2012)