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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
2,703 611
Gregg Popovich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

2
1,865 824
Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Phil Jackson age 73

3
1,121 468
Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Pat Riley age 73

4
1,085 387
Red Auerbach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Red Auerbach Died at 89 (1917-2006)

5
653 368
Chuck Daly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Chuck Daly Died at 79 (1930-2009)

6
645 325
Jerry Sloan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Jerry Sloan age 76

7
554 352
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Larry Brown age 78

8
670 425
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
koh-smoger added Steve Kerr age 53

9
503 350
Rick Carlisle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Rick Carlisle age 59

10
399 383
George Karl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
George Karl age 67

11
359 291
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Don Nelson age 78

12
550 645
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Doc Rivers age 57

13
293 200
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Lenny Wilkens age 81

14
415 231
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
247 228
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

16
339 324
Tom Thibodeau is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Tom Thibodeau age 60

17
312 219
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
196 167
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
206 290
Stan Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

20
207 222
Rick Adelman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Rick Adelman age 72

21
141 176
Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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22
189 175
Flip Saunders is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Flip Saunders age 63

23
231 210
Jeff Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

24
159 125
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
159 178
Hubie Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Hubie Brown age 85

26
231 123
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Larry Bird age 62

27
152 70
John Wooden is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
tom-charbono added John Wooden Died at 100 (1910-2010)

28
131 139
Red Holzman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Red Holzman Died at 78 (1920-1998)

The Best NBA Arenas

29
147 205
Doug Collins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Doug Collins age 67

30
278 90
Mike Krzyzewski is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
cwaldo1 added Mike Krzyzewski age 71

31
172 131
Mike D'Antoni is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
zgmoney added Mike D'Antoni age 67

32
109 153
Dwane Casey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
coolmiles added Dwayne Casey age 61

33
142 23
Brad Stevens is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
TRENT13 added Brad Stevens age 42

34
100 124
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added Tom Heinsohn age 84

35
86 149
John Kundla is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
John Kundla age 102

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36
94 147
Bill Fitch is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Fitch age 84

37
101 173
Frank Layden is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Frank Layden age 86

38
72 20
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Jerry West age 80

39
112 73
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
tom-charbono added Kevin McHale age 61

40
65 118
Cotton Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Cotton Fitzsimmons Died at 73 (1931-2004)

41
57 143
Paul Westhead is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Paul Westhead age 79

42
72 101
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 Players of the Decade

43
58 42
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
TRENT13 added Jason Kidd age 45

44
99 76
Mike Budenholzer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
jeffwill2000 added Mike Budenholzer age 47

45
83 160
Byron Scott is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Byron Scott age 57

46
46 80
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Sharman Died at 87 (1926-2013)

47
39 60
Dick Motta is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Dick Motta age 87

48
62 47
Dean Smith is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
little JP Tokoto added Dean Smith age 86

49
54 89
Mike Fratello is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
EliasOmarEsgdaille added Mike Fratello age 71

50
75 83
Tex Winter is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
victorvonvega added Tex Winter age 96