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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
3,647 908
Gregg Popovich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

2
2,627 1,067
Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 74

3
1,566 652
Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 74

4
1,458 531
Red Auerbach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Dec. at 89 (1917-2006)

5
831 496
Chuck Daly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Dec. at 79 (1930-2009)

6
827 434
Jerry Sloan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 77

7
732 483
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 79

8
653 450
Rick Carlisle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 60

9
490 374
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 79

10
1,009 718
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
koh-smoger added age 54

11
512 484
George Karl is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 68

12
719 817
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 58

13
387 257
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 82

14
597 321
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 85

15
313 284
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

16
446 329
Erik Spoelstra is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
angelo-parco-de-mesa added age 49

17
271 214
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added age 87

18
400 455
Tom Thibodeau is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 61

19
316 271
Jeff Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

20
259 266
Rick Adelman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 73

21
259 386
Stan Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

22
177 224
Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

23
227 216
Flip Saunders is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 64

24
234 92
John Wooden is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
tom-charbono added Dec. at 100 (1910-2010)

25
199 155
Jack Ramsay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added Dec. at 89 (1925-2014)