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The Best Cleveland Cavaliers Coaches of All Time

Updated March 23, 2020 607 votes 106 voters 2.0k views23 items

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 Wilkens1
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    Lenny Wilkens

    1986–1993

    Age83

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

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  • Mike Fratello2
    22
    10

    Mike Fratello

    1993–1999

    Age73

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHackensack, New Jersey, United States of America

    Michael Robert Fratello (born February 24, 1947) is an American sports broadcaster and a...  more
  • George Karl3
    22
    13

    George Karl

    1984–1986

    Age69

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePenn Hills, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    George Matthew Karl (born May 12, 1951) is an American former professional basketball coach...  more
  • Mike Brown4
    21
    16

    Mike Brown

    2005–2010

    Age85

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • Chuck Daly5
    20
    15

    Chuck Daly

    1981–1982

    AgeDec. at 79 (1930-2009)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSt. Marys, Pennsylvania

    Charles Jerome Daly (July 20, 1930 – May 9, 2009) was an American basketball head coach. He...  more
  • Tyronn Lue6
    17
    12

    Tyronn Lue

    Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks

    Age43

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMexico, Missouri, United States of America

    Tyronn Jamar Lue (born May 3, 1977) is an American professional basketball coach and former...  more
  • Bill Fitch7
    17
    15

    Bill Fitch

    1970–1979

    Age86

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDavenport, Iowa

    William Charles Fitch (born May 19, 1932) is an American former National Basketball...  more
  • Stan Albeck8
    14
    16

    Stan Albeck

    1979–1980

    Age89

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Charles Stanley Albeck (born May 17, 1931) is a former professional basketball coach. Albeck...  more
  • Paul Silas9
    14
    20

    Paul Silas

    2003–2005

    Age77

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePrescott, Arizona

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  • Bob Kloppenburg10

    Age93

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Robert G. "Bob" Kloppenburg (born July 28, 1927) is an American professional basketball coach,...  more
  • Randy Wittman11
    12
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    Randy Wittman

    1999–2001

    Age61

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    Randy Scott Wittman (born October 28, 1959) is an American retired basketball player at the...  more
  • J. B. Bickerstaff12
    John-Blair Bickerstaff (born March 10, 1979) is an American basketball coach who is currently...  more
  • David Blatt13
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  • Bill Musselman14

    AgeDec. at 60 (1940-2000)

    BirthplaceWooster, Ohio

    William Clifford Musselman (August 13, 1940 – May 5, 2000) was an American basketball coach in...  more
  • Larry Drew15
    1
    2

    Larry Drew

    Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers

    Age62

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceKansas City, Kansas

    Larry Donnell Drew (born April 2, 1958) is an American professional basketball coach and...  more
  • Brendan Malone16

    Age73

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Brendan Thomas Malone (born April 21, 1942) is an American basketball coach....  more
  • Byron Scott17
    11
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    Byron Scott

    2010–2013

    Age59

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceOgden, Utah, United States of America

    Byron Anton Scott (born March 28, 1961) is an American professional basketball former head...  more

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  • John Beilein18
    0
    4

    John Beilein

    John Patrick Beilein ( BEE-lyne; born February 5, 1953) is an American basketball coach and...  more
  • Keith Smart19

    Age56

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana, United States of America

    Jonathan Keith Smart (born September 21, 1964) is an American basketball coach and former...  more
  • Don Delaney20

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Don Delaney (January 3, 1936 – February 16, 2011) was an American professional basketball...  more
  • John Lucas III21
    4
    22

    John Lucas III

    2001–2003

    Age38

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    John Harding Lucas III (born November 21, 1982) is an American retired professional basketball...  more
  • Gene Littles22

    Age77

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

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  • Tom Nissalke23
    2
    21

    Tom Nissalke

    1982–1984

    Age88

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMadison, Wisconsin

    Thomas Edward Nissalke (July 7, 1932 – August 22, 2019) was an American professional...  more