Coaches The Best Cleveland Cavaliers Coaches of All Time  

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In their time as an NBA franchise, the Cleveland Cavaliers have gone through many different head coaches, all with different personalities and coaching styles. With that said, who is the best Cleveland Cavaliers coach of all time? We want to hear your thoughts, which is why we created this poll of the top Cleveland Cavaliers coaches of all time.

Bill Fitch was the Cavaliers first head coach and coached the team for nine seasons. Fitch has won more regular season games, 738, than any other coach in team history. Chuck Daly is widely regarded to be one of the best head coaches of all time. In 2008 NBA.com named Daly one of the ten best coaches in the history of the game (Fitch was also on that list).

If you love basketball and the Cleveland Cavaliers, then help us decide who the best Cleveland Cavaliers coach is by voting up your top picks. You don't have to vote for the winningest Cleveland Cavaliers coach, but it's hard to argue against solid numbers.
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Lenny Wilkens is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers Coaches of All Time
1986–1993 Leonard Randolph "Lenny" Wilkens is an American retired basketball player and coach in the National Basketball Association. He has been inducted three times into the Naismith Memorial ...more

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Chuck Daly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers Coaches of All Time
1981–1982 Charles Jerome "Chuck" Daly was an American basketball head coach. He led the Detroit Pistons to consecutive National Basketball Association Championships in 1989 and 1990, and the ...more

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Bill Fitch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers Coaches of All Time
1970–1979 William Charles "Bill" Fitch is an American former National Basketball Association coach who has been successful in making teams playoff contenders throughout his coaching career. ...more

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George Karl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers Coaches of All Time
1984–1986 George Matthew Karl is the current head coach of the Sacramento Kings and former ABA and NBA player. On December 10, 2010, he became the seventh coach in NBA history to record 1,000 wins.

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Mike Fratello is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers Coaches of All Time
1993–1999 Michael Robert "Mike" Fratello is an American sports broadcaster and a professional basketball coach. Currently, Fratello is the analyst for Brooklyn Nets broadcasts on the YES Network ...more

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Stan Albeck is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers Coaches of All Time
1979–1980 Stan Albeck is a former professional basketball coach. Albeck has coached for several teams in the American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association, including the Denver ...more

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Tyronn Lue is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers Coaches of All Time
jjelariii19 added Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets Tyron Jemar Lue (born May 3, 1977) is an American professional basketball coach and former player. He is the current head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association ...more

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Byron Scott is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers Coaches of All Time
2010–2013 Byron Antom Scott is an American former professional basketball player and current head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. As a player, he was an important ...more

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Bob Kloppenburg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers Coaches of All Time
1981 Bob Kloppenburg is an American professional basketball coach, who served as an interim head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the early 1980s. Kloppenburg later served as an assistant coach ...more

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Randy Wittman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers Coaches of All Time
1999–2001 Randy Scott Wittman is the current head coach for the National Basketball Association's Washington Wizards. He is also a retired American basketball player at the guard position and former coach ...more

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Keith Smart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers Coaches of All Time
2003 Jonathan Keith Smart is a retired American basketball player and current assistant coach for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. He is perhaps best remembered for hitting the ...more

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Mike Brown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers Coaches of All Time
2005–2010 Michael "Mike" Brown is the owner of the Cincinnati Bengals, an American football team in the National Football League. He is the son of former Cleveland Browns, Ohio State University ...more

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Paul Silas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers Coaches of All Time
2003–2005 Paul Theron Silas is a retired American professional basketball player and former NBA head coach. He attended Creighton University, where he set an NCAA record for the most rebounds in three ...more

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Bill Musselman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers Coaches of All Time
1982 William Clifford "Bill" Musselman was an American basketball coach in the NCAA, the ABA, the WBA, the CBA and the NBA. He was a fiercely intense coach who once was quoted as saying, ...more

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Brendan Malone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers Coaches of All Time
2005 Brendan Thomas Malone is an American basketball coach, currently serving as an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association.

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Don Delaney is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers Coaches of All Time
1981 Don Delaney was an American professional basketball coach, who served as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the early 1980s. Delaney also served as the team's general manager. Former ...more

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Tom Nissalke is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers Coaches of All Time
1982–1984 Thomas Edward "Tom" Nissalke is a retired former American professional basketball coach in the NBA and American Basketball Association. He has coached several teams in both leagues, ...more

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Gene Littles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers Coaches of All Time
1986 Eugene Scapes "Gene" Littles is a retired American basketball player and current coach. He played professional basketball for six years. Littles played college basketball at High Point ...more

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John Lucas III is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cleveland Cavaliers Coaches of All Time
2001–2003 John Harding Lucas III is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association.