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List Rules Only active NBA coaches. Retired or college coaches don't count

The best current NBA coaches are the talented men leading one of the 30 teams in the National Basketball Championship in the 2017-2018 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 in the league right now but many will also be remembered among the best NBA coaches of all time.

As the longest-tenured coach with the same team, few would deny that Gregg Popovich is the best current NBA coach. Leading the Stan Antonio Spurs and all other current coaches in current wins, only one current coach has a better winning percentage. That man is none other than Tom Thibodeau who has led the Chicago Bulls since 2010 to a 68.3 win percentage and the fastest coach in NBA history to reach the 100-win mark.

On the other end of the spectrum, some coaches just don't quite stack up. Those with less experience coaching in the NBA fall on the bottom end of the stats with Kenny Atkinson of the Brooklyn Nets and Alvin Gentry of the New Orleans Pelicans each winning under 30% of their games as head coach. The true measure will however be their numbers once they coach for a while with both having one season or less under their belts. Then again no one is ruling them out as being among the worst NBA coaches of all time either.

So whether you're a fan of the coaches who have been around for awhile, like Doc Rivers of the Los Angeles Clippers, or someone fairly new, like Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers, 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 Current NBA Coaches
Gregg Popovich age 69 - San Antonio Spurs

2
1,476 465
Brad Stevens is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
Brad Stevens age 42 - Boston Celtics

3
1,060 722
Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
surag added Steve Kerr age 53 - Golden State Warriors

4
575 547
Dwane Casey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
Dwane Casey age 61 - Toronto Raptors

5
654 684
Erik Spoelstra is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
Erik Spoelstra age 48 - Miami Heat

6
476 718
Rick Carlisle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
Josh Verkler added Rick Carlisle age 59 - Dallas Mavericks

7
473 918
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
Doc Rivers age 57 - Los Angeles Clippers

8
620 254
Quin Snyder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
surag added Quin Snyder age 52 - Utah Jazz

9
624 297
Mike D'Antoni is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
brianbiancardi added Mike D'Antoni age 67 - Houston Rockets

10
393 547
Tom Thibodeau is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
brianbiancardi added Tom Thibodeau age 60 - Minnesota Timberwolves

11
288 427
Mike Budenholzer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
Mike Budenholzer age 47 - Atlanta Hawks

12
254 342
Terry Stotts is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
MattBryant added Terry Stotts age 61 - Portland Trail Blazers

13
258 470
Stan Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
surag added Stan Van Gundy age 59 - Detroit Pistons

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251 367
Scott Brooks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
brianbiancardi added Scott Brooks age 53 - Washington Wizards

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265 338
Luke Walton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
Luke Walton age 38 - Los Angeles Lakers

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278 229
Brett Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
slaft added Brett Brown age 54 - Philadelphia 76ers

17
232 170
Nate McMillan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
brianbiancardi added Nate McMillan age 54 - Indiana Pacers

18
156 254
Mike Malone is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
surag added Mike Malone age 47 - Denver Nuggets

19
235 517
Tyronn Lue is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
Tyronn Lue age 41 - Cleveland Cavaliers

20
246 286
Billy Donovan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
brianbiancardi added Billy Donovan age 53 - Oklahoma City Thunder

21
105 320
David Joerger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
Dave Joerger age 41 - Sacramento Kings

22
98 71
David Fizdale is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
David Fizdale age 44 - New York Knicks

23
186 182
Alvin Gentry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
brianbiancardi added Alvin Gentry age 64 - New Orleans Pelicans

24
104 231
Kenny Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
brianbiancardi added Kenny Atkinson 49 - Brooklyn Nets

25
80 274
Fred Hoiberg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
brianbiancardi added Fred Hoiberg age 46 - Chicago Bulls

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41 103
Joe Prunty is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
Joe Prunty Milwaukee Bucks

27
36 201
Jay Triano is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
Jay Triano age 60 - Phoenix Suns