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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
3,519 879
Gregg Popovich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

2
2,557 1,032
Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 74

3
1,521 636
Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 74

4
1,419 522
Red Auerbach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Dec. at 89 (1917-2006)

5
819 486
Chuck Daly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Dec. at 79 (1930-2009)

6
811 426
Jerry Sloan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 77

7
712 474
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 79

8
640 441
Rick Carlisle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 60

9
479 366
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 79

10
502 473
George Karl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 68

11
979 694
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
koh-smoger added age 54

12
692 802
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 58

13
379 251
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 82

14
583 310
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 85

15
307 279
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

16
436 318
Erik Spoelstra is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
angelo-parco-de-mesa added age 49

17
265 212
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added age 87

18
400 443
Tom Thibodeau is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 61

19
305 268
Jeff Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

20
256 380
Stan Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

21
255 264
Rick Adelman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 73

22
175 223
Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

23
225 214
Flip Saunders is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 64

24
198 154
Jack Ramsay is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added Dec. at 89 (1925-2014)

25
230 91
John Wooden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
tom-charbono added Dec. at 100 (1910-2010)