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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
3,366 842
Gregg Popovich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

2
2,443 993
Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 73

3
1,449 612
Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 73

4
1,356 497
Red Auerbach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Died at 89 (1917-2006)

5
788 466
Chuck Daly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Died at 79 (1930-2009)

6
779 412
Jerry Sloan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 76

7
684 450
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 78

8
452 346
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 78

9
608 427
Rick Carlisle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 59

10
928 654
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
koh-smoger added age 53

11
484 455
George Karl is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 67

12
657 773
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 57

13
361 245
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 81

14
556 298
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 84

15
294 270
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

16
411 304
Erik Spoelstra is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
angelo-parco-de-mesa added age 48

17
394 413
Tom Thibodeau is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 60

18
251 204
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added age 86

19
292 257
Jeff Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

20
249 257
Rick Adelman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 72

21
247 366
Stan Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

22
168 212
Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

23
219 207
Flip Saunders is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 63

24
191 145
Jack Ramsay is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added Died at 89 (1925-2014)

25
218 85
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
185 208
Hubie Brown is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 85

27
307 156
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 62

28
157 162
Red Holzman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Died at 78 (1920-1998)

29
168 228
Doug Collins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 67

30
257 168
Mike D'Antoni is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
zgmoney added age 67

31
162 192
Dwane Casey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
coolmiles added age 61

32
359 114
Mike Krzyzewski is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
cwaldo1 added age 71

33
100 169
John Kundla is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 102

34
114 145
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added age 84

35
107 164
Bill Fitch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 84

36
111 191
Frank Layden is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 86

37
249 40
Brad Stevens is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 42

38
120 32
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 80

39
138 90
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
tom-charbono added age 61

40
77 130
Cotton Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Died at 73 (1931-2004)

41
66 156
Paul Westhead is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 79

42
123 90
Mike Budenholzer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
jeffwill2000 added age 47

43
82 119
Scott Brooks is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
zgmoney added age 53

44
91 183
Byron Scott is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 57

45
54 92
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Died at 87 (1926-2013)

46
50 70
Dick Motta is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 87

47
75 55
Dean Smith is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
little JP Tokoto added age 86

48
92 94
Tex Winter is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
victorvonvega added age 96

49
60 102
Mike Fratello is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
EliasOmarEsgdaille added age 71

50
62 136
Rick Majerus is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Died at 64 (1948-2012)