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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
2,491 537
Gregg Popovich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

2
1,694 743
Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Phil Jackson age 73

3
986 336
Red Auerbach is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Red Auerbach Died at 89 (1917-2006)

4
1,003 421
Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Pat Riley age 73

5
588 333
Chuck Daly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Chuck Daly Died at 79 (1930-2009)

6
594 285
Jerry Sloan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Jerry Sloan age 76

7
507 307
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Larry Brown age 78

8
568 349
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
koh-smoger added Steve Kerr age 53

9
470 318
Rick Carlisle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Rick Carlisle age 59

10
371 355
George Karl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
George Karl age 67

11
329 272
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Don Nelson age 78

12
516 596
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Doc Rivers age 57

13
271 180
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Lenny Wilkens age 81

14
373 203
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
225 207
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

16
322 286
Tom Thibodeau is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Tom Thibodeau age 60

17
274 189
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
177 151
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
194 263
Stan Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

20
194 201
Rick Adelman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Rick Adelman age 72

21
213 190
Jeff Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

The Best AMC Original Shows

22
127 163
Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

23
175 162
Flip Saunders is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Flip Saunders age 63

24
145 113
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
146 164
Hubie Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Hubie Brown age 85

26
125 126
Red Holzman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Red Holzman Died at 78 (1920-1998)

27
204 107
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Larry Bird age 62

28
137 195
Doug Collins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Doug Collins age 67

The Top Current NBA Players

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131 61
John Wooden is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
tom-charbono added John Wooden Died at 100 (1910-2010)

30
248 78
Mike Krzyzewski is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
cwaldo1 added Mike Krzyzewski age 71

31
93 134
Dwane Casey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
coolmiles added Dwayne Casey age 61

32
93 118
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added Tom Heinsohn age 84

33
144 120
Mike D'Antoni is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
zgmoney added Mike D'Antoni age 67

34
80 142
John Kundla is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
John Kundla age 102

35
87 142
Bill Fitch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Fitch age 84

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36
97 163
Frank Layden is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Frank Layden age 86

37
78 16
Brad Stevens is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
TRENT13 added Brad Stevens age 42

38
108 65
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
tom-charbono added Kevin McHale age 61

39
57 16
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Jerry West age 80

40
63 112
Cotton Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Cotton Fitzsimmons Died at 73 (1931-2004)

41
57 136
Paul Westhead is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Paul Westhead age 79

42
71 96
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 Player Nicknames

43
96 72
Mike Budenholzer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
jeffwill2000 added Mike Budenholzer age 47

44
51 36
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
TRENT13 added Jason Kidd age 45

45
79 154
Byron Scott is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Byron Scott age 57

46
44 74
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Sharman Died at 87 (1926-2013)

47
34 56
Dick Motta is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Dick Motta age 87

48
51 84
Mike Fratello is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
EliasOmarEsgdaille added Mike Fratello age 71

49
54 42
Dean Smith is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
little JP Tokoto added Dean Smith age 86

50
70 78
Tex Winter is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
victorvonvega added Tex Winter age 96