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The Best NBA Coaches Right Now 

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Updated December 6, 2019 59.6k votes 9.1k voters 84.8k views 30 items

List Rules Vote up the NBA coaches who have had the most success with their team.

The best current NBA coaches are the talented men leading one of the 30 teams in the National Basketball Association in the 2019-2020 season. Like other professional coaches, some come and go with a firing after a poor season many times guaranteed, but the truly great coaches stick around in search of greatness. These current NBA head coaches are definitely the best at getting wins in the league right now but many will also be remembered among the best NBA coaches of all time. Be sure to vote for your pick for the 2020 NBA Coach of the Year! These rankings won't include any NBA coaches fired during the season, but their replacements will be on here, ready to move up the list of winningest coaches.

So whether you're a fan of the coaches who have been around for a while, like Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers, or someone fairly new, like Luke Walton of the Sacramento Kings, or just the coach of your local team, come vote for your favorites below!

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Gregg Popovich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
San Antonio Spurs

1996-present

5x NBA Champion (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014)
3x Coach of the Year (2003, 2012, 2014)
4x NBA All-Star Game Head Coach (2005, 2011, 2013, 2016)

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#1 of 71 The All Time Greatest NBA Coaches #1 of 13 The Best Spurs Coaches of All Time, Ranked #9 of 24 Best Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time

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Brad Stevens is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
Brad Stevens Boston Celtics

2013-present

2017 NBA All-Star Game Head Coach

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#7 of 126 The Greatest College Basketball Coaches of All Time #2 of 18 Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time

3
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
surag added Golden State Warriors

2014-present

3x NBA Champion (2014, 2017, 2018)
2016 Coach of the Year
2x NBA All-Star Game Head Coach (2015, 2017)

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#159 of 869 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #28 of 242 The Best White Players in NBA Historylisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

4
Quin Snyder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
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Mike Budenholzer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
Milwaukee Bucks

2018-present

2019 Coach of the Year
2019 NBA All-Star Game Head Coach

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#33 of 71 The All Time Greatest NBA Coaches #3 of 12 Best Atlanta Hawks Coaches of All Time

6
Nick Nurse is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
Toronto Raptors

2018-present

2019 NBA Champion

7
Mike D'Antoni is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
brianbiancardi added Houston Rockets

2016-present

2017 Coach of the Year
2018 NBA All-Star Game Head Coach

8
Erik Spoelstra is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
Miami Heat

2008-present

2x NBA Champion (2012, 2013)
2013 NBA All-Star Game Head Coach

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#18 of 71 The All Time Greatest NBA Coaches #1 of 6 The Best Miami Heat Coaches of All Time, Ranked #1 of 6 Best Miami Heat Coaches of All Time

9
Rick Carlisle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
Josh Verkler added Dallas Mavericks

2008-present

2011 NBA Champion

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#86 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time #158 of 242 The Best White Players in NBA History #10 of 71 The All Time Greatest NBA Coaches

10
Mike Malone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
surag added Denver Nuggets

2015-present

2019 NBA All-Star Game Head Coach

11
Nate McMillan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
brianbiancardi added Nate McMillan Indiana Pacers

2016-present

12
Terry Stotts is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
MattBryant added Portland Trail Blazers

2012-present

13
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
14
Kenny Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
brianbiancardi added Brooklyn Nets

2016-present

15
Brett Brown is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
slaft added Philadelphia 76ers

2013-present

16
Dwane Casey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
Detroit Pistons

2018-present

2018 Coach of the Year
2018 NBA All-Star Game Head Coach

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#34 of 71 The All Time Greatest NBA Coaches #3 of 11 Best Minnesota Timberwolves Coaches of All Time #2 of 9 Best Toronto Raptors Coaches of All Time

17
Billy Donovan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
brianbiancardi added Oklahoma City Thunder

2015-present

18
Taylor Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
Memphis Grizzlies

2019-present

19
Alvin Gentry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
brianbiancardi added New Orleans Pelicans

2015-present

20
Monty Williams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
Phoenix Suns

2019-present

21
David Fizdale is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
voting closed at #19 New York Knicks

FIRED ON DECEMBER 6, 2019

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Frank Vogel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
Los Angeles Lakers

2019-present

23
Steve Clifford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
Orlando Magic

2018-present

24
John Beilein is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
John Beilein Cleveland Cavaliers

2019-present

25
Luke Walton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
Sacramento Kings

2019-present