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The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches  

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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
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Gregg Popovich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
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Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 74
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Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Pat Riley age 74
4
Red Auerbach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Dec. at 89 (1917-2006)
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Chuck Daly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Dec. at 79 (1930-2009)
6
Jerry Sloan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 77
7
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 79
8
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
koh-smoger added age 54
9
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 58
10
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Don Nelson age 79
11
Rick Carlisle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 60
12
George Karl is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 68
13
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 82
14
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 85
15
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
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Erik Spoelstra is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
angelo-parco-de-mesa added age 49
17
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added age 87
18
Tom Thibodeau is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 61
19
Stan Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
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John Wooden is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
tom-charbono added Dec. at 100 (1910-2010)
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Jeff Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
22
Flip Saunders is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 64
23
Rick Adelman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 73
24
Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
25
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 63