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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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3,137 784
Gregg Popovich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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2,265 942
Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Phil Jackson age 73

3
1,343 561
Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Pat Riley age 73

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1,269 469
Red Auerbach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Red Auerbach Died at 89 (1917-2006)

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750 434
Chuck Daly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Chuck Daly Died at 79 (1930-2009)

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731 390
Jerry Sloan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Jerry Sloan age 76

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640 425
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Larry Brown age 78

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855 583
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
koh-smoger added Steve Kerr age 53

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462 425
George Karl is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
George Karl age 67

10
577 407
Rick Carlisle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Rick Carlisle age 59

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418 322
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Don Nelson age 78

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624 734
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Doc Rivers age 57

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337 232
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Lenny Wilkens age 81

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511 278
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Russell age 84

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276 256
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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382 270
Erik Spoelstra is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
angelo-parco-de-mesa added Erik Spoelstra age 48

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380 381
Tom Thibodeau is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Tom Thibodeau age 60

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230 193
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added K. C. Jones age 86

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235 344
Stan Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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236 243
Rick Adelman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Rick Adelman age 72

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269 242
Jeff Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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161 202
Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

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211 199
Flip Saunders is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Flip Saunders age 63

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184 136
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)

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196 80
John Wooden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
tom-charbono added John Wooden Died at 100 (1910-2010)

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178 200
Hubie Brown is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Hubie Brown age 85

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151 154
Red Holzman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Red Holzman Died at 78 (1920-1998)

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282 150
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Larry Bird age 62

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160 223
Doug Collins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Doug Collins age 67

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234 155
Mike D'Antoni is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
zgmoney added Mike D'Antoni age 67

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146 178
Dwane Casey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
coolmiles added Dwayne Casey age 61

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336 109
Mike Krzyzewski is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
cwaldo1 added Mike Krzyzewski age 71

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111 141
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added Tom Heinsohn age 84

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95 166
John Kundla is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
John Kundla age 102

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105 161
Bill Fitch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Fitch age 84

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107 188
Frank Layden is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Frank Layden age 86

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217 34
Brad Stevens is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Brad Stevens age 42

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100 28
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Jerry West age 80

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129 85
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
tom-charbono added Kevin McHale age 61

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75 127
Cotton Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Cotton Fitzsimmons Died at 73 (1931-2004)

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65 152
Paul Westhead is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Paul Westhead age 79

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79 113
Scott Brooks is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
zgmoney added Scott Brooks age 53

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113 87
Mike Budenholzer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
jeffwill2000 added Mike Budenholzer age 47

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90 175
Byron Scott is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Byron Scott age 57

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49 68
Dick Motta is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Dick Motta age 87

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52 90
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Sharman Died at 87 (1926-2013)

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74 53
Dean Smith is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
little JP Tokoto added Dean Smith age 86

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87 92
Tex Winter is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
victorvonvega added Tex Winter age 96

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57 100
Mike Fratello is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
EliasOmarEsgdaille added Mike Fratello age 71

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59 133
Rick Majerus is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Rick Majerus Died at 64 (1948-2012)