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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
3,270 816
Gregg Popovich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

2
2,373 967
Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 73

3
1,403 589
Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 73

4
1,317 485
Red Auerbach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Died at 89 (1917-2006)

5
765 452
Chuck Daly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Died at 79 (1930-2009)

6
759 399
Jerry Sloan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 76

7
661 436
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 78

8
897 620
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
koh-smoger added age 53

9
593 416
Rick Carlisle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 59

10
430 332
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 78

11
472 440
George Karl is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 67

12
641 752
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 57

13
350 236
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 81

14
535 283
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 84

15
288 262
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

16
394 287
Erik Spoelstra is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
angelo-parco-de-mesa added age 48

17
387 396
Tom Thibodeau is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 60

18
239 198
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added age 86

19
244 247
Rick Adelman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 72

20
241 351
Stan Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

21
279 246
Jeff Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

22
164 204
Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

23
213 202
Flip Saunders is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 63

24
187 139
Jack Ramsay is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added Died at 89 (1925-2014)

25
204 82
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
181 202
Hubie Brown is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 85

27
295 152
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 62

28
153 157
Red Holzman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Died at 78 (1920-1998)

29
163 224
Doug Collins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 67

30
243 163
Mike D'Antoni is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
zgmoney added age 67

31
155 186
Dwane Casey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
coolmiles added age 61

32
348 111
Mike Krzyzewski is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
cwaldo1 added age 71

33
111 144
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added age 84

34
96 168
John Kundla is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 102

35
105 163
Bill Fitch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 84

36
108 190
Frank Layden is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 86

37
237 36
Brad Stevens is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 42

38
109 30
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 80

39
132 88
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
tom-charbono added age 61

40
76 129
Cotton Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Died at 73 (1931-2004)

41
66 154
Paul Westhead is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 79

42
81 115
Scott Brooks is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
zgmoney added age 53

43
119 89
Mike Budenholzer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
jeffwill2000 added age 47

44
90 179
Byron Scott is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 57

45
53 91
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Died at 87 (1926-2013)

46
49 69
Dick Motta is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
age 87

47
75 54
Dean Smith is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
little JP Tokoto added age 86

48
90 93
Tex Winter is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
victorvonvega added age 96

49
59 101
Mike Fratello is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
EliasOmarEsgdaille added age 71

50
61 134
Rick Majerus is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Died at 64 (1948-2012)