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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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3,100 771
Gregg Popovich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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2,241 934
Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Phil Jackson age 73

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1,328 551
Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Pat Riley age 73

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1,250 461
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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745 427
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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725 383
Jerry Sloan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Jerry Sloan age 76

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634 418
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Larry Brown age 78

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840 569
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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459 419
George Karl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
George Karl age 67

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412 316
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Don Nelson age 78

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568 401
Rick Carlisle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Rick Carlisle age 59

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620 723
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Doc Rivers age 57

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336 227
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Lenny Wilkens age 81

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508 270
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Russell age 84

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275 251
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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374 262
Erik Spoelstra is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
angelo-parco-de-mesa added Erik Spoelstra age 48

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379 369
Tom Thibodeau is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Tom Thibodeau age 60

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228 188
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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234 338
Stan Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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233 238
Rick Adelman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Rick Adelman age 72

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267 237
Jeff Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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160 197
Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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210 194
Flip Saunders is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Flip Saunders age 63

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180 133
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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191 77
John Wooden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
tom-charbono added John Wooden Died at 100 (1910-2010)

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178 195
Hubie Brown is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Hubie Brown age 85

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148 150
Red Holzman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Red Holzman Died at 78 (1920-1998)

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277 147
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Larry Bird age 62

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160 218
Doug Collins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Doug Collins age 67

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229 152
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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143 174
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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332 104
Mike Krzyzewski is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
cwaldo1 added Mike Krzyzewski age 71

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110 137
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added Tom Heinsohn age 84

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105 157
Bill Fitch is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Fitch age 84

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91 163
John Kundla is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
John Kundla age 102

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107 184
Frank Layden is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Frank Layden age 86

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207 33
Brad Stevens is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Brad Stevens age 42

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98 25
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Jerry West age 80

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127 83
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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75 124
Cotton Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Cotton Fitzsimmons Died at 73 (1931-2004)

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65 149
Paul Westhead is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Paul Westhead age 79

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79 110
Scott Brooks is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
zgmoney added Scott Brooks age 53

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90 173
Byron Scott is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Byron Scott age 57

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110 86
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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52 88
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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48 67
Dick Motta is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Dick Motta age 87

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73 52
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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86 90
Tex Winter is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
victorvonvega added Tex Winter age 96

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57 98
Mike Fratello is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
EliasOmarEsgdaille added Mike Fratello age 71

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59 131
Rick Majerus is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Rick Majerus Died at 64 (1948-2012)