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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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2,153 446
Gregg Popovich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

2
1,482 641
Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Phil Jackson age 70

3
890 364
Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Pat Riley age 70

4
854 287
Red Auerbach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Red Auerbach Died at 89 (1917-2006)

5
519 283
Chuck Daly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Chuck Daly Died at 79 (1930-2009)

6
511 250
Jerry Sloan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Jerry Sloan age 73

7
436 264
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Larry Brown age 77

8
428 261
Rick Carlisle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Rick Carlisle age 56

9
456 272
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
koh-smoger added Steve Kerr age 52

10
331 319
George Karl is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
George Karl age 64

11
284 245
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Don Nelson age 75

12
462 520
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Doc Rivers age 56

13
240 157
Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Lenny Wilkens age 78

14
316 168
Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Russell age 83

Mythical Creatures That Were Found in Real Life

15
198 189
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

16
293 244
Tom Thibodeau is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Tom Thibodeau age 57

17
208 162
Erik Spoelstra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
angelo-parco-de-mesa added Erik Spoelstra age 45

18
150 135
K. C. Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added K. C. Jones age 83

19
174 232
Stan Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

20
176 182
Rick Adelman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Rick Adelman age 69

21
116 146
Billy Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

The Best NBA Arenas

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155 150
Flip Saunders is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Flip Saunders age 60

23
185 177
Jeff Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches

24
130 103
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
133 151
Hubie Brown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Hubie Brown age 82

26
110 113
Red Holzman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Red Holzman Died at 78 (1920-1998)

27
173 85
Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Larry Bird age 61

28
128 183
Doug Collins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Doug Collins age 64

The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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84 105
Tom Heinsohn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
wiabux added Tom Heinsohn age 81

30
79 126
John Kundla is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
John Kundla age 99

31
83 129
Bill Fitch is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Fitch age 81

32
107 52
John Wooden is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
tom-charbono added John Wooden Died at 100 (1910-2010)

33
72 116
Dwane Casey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
coolmiles added Dwayne Casey age 60

34
92 153
Frank Layden is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Frank Layden age 83

35
199 67
Mike Krzyzewski is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
cwaldo1 added Mike Krzyzewski age 70

The Best Cat Litter Brands

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101 108
Mike D'Antoni is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
zgmoney added Mike D'Antoni age 64

37
95 46
Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
tom-charbono added Kevin McHale age 60

38
60 101
Cotton Fitzsimmons is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Cotton Fitzsimmons Died at 73 (1931-2004)

39
54 127
Paul Westhead is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Paul Westhead age 76

40
66 86
Scott Brooks is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
zgmoney added Scott Brooks age 50

41
35 15
Jason Kidd is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
TRENT13 added Jason Kidd age 42

42
85 62
Mike Budenholzer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
jeffwill2000 added Mike Budenholzer age 44

The Best Boston College Eagles Quarterbacks of All Time

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39 12
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Jerry West age 79

44
37 12
Brad Stevens is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
TRENT13 added Brad Stevens age 41

45
69 144
Byron Scott is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Byron Scott age 56

46
66 68
Tex Winter is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
victorvonvega added Tex Winter age 93

47
30 48
Dick Motta is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Dick Motta age 84

48
40 66
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
Bill Sharman Died at 87 (1926-2013)

49
47 76
Mike Fratello is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
EliasOmarEsgdaille added Mike Fratello age 68

50
35 102
John MacLeod is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Greatest NBA Coaches
John MacLeod age 78