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The Best NBA Coaches Right Now

Updated June 9, 2021 64.6k votes 11.4k voters 104.0k views32 items

List RulesVote 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 2020-2021 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 2021 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 Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs, or someone fairly new, like Steve Nash of the Brooklyn Nets, or just the coach of your local team, come vote for your favorites below!

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    Gregg Popovich

    San Antonio Spurs

    1996-present

    5x NBA Champion (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014)
    3x Coach of the Year (2003, 2012, 2014)

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    2,600
    1,675

    Erik Spoelstra

    Miami Heat

    2008-present

    2× NBA champion (2012, 2013)
    NBA All-Star Game head coach (2013)
    NBCA Co-Coach of the Year (2017)

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    #1 of 6 The Best Miami Heat Coaches of All Time, Ranked#1 of 6 Best Miami Heat Coaches of All Time

  • 3
    2,405
    608

    Nick Nurse

    Toronto Raptors

    2018-present

    NBA Champion (2019)
    NBA Coach of the Year (2020)

  • 4
    3,273
    2,273

    voting closed at #4

    Brad Stevens

    Boston Celtics

    2013-2021

    PROMOTED to President of Basketball Operations on June 2, 2021

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    #15 of 124 The Greatest College Basketball Coaches of All Time#3 of 17 Best Boston Celtics Coaches of All Time

  • 5
    2,059
    1,352

    Quin Snyder

    Utah Jazz

    2014-present

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    1,336
    803

    Michael Malone

    Denver Nuggets

    2015-present

  • 7
    3,058
    2,230

    Steve Kerr

    Golden State Warriors

    2014-present

    3x NBA Champion (2015, 2017, 2018)
    NBA Coach of the Year (2016)

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    #48 of 175 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History#14 of 73 The Greatest Chicago Bulls of All Time

  • 8
    1,654
    1,380

    Mike Budenholzer

    Milwaukee Bucks

    2018-present

    2× NBA Coach of the Year (2015, 2019)
    2× NBCA Coach of the Year (2019, 2020)

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    #9 of 16 Best Milwaukee Bucks Coaches of All Time#7 of 30 Best Atlanta Hawks Coaches of All Time

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    574
    351

    Monty Williams

    Phoenix Suns

    2019-present

    NBCA Coach of the Year (2021)

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    1,013
    679

    Nate McMillan

    Atlanta Hawks

    2021-present

  • 11
    1,731
    1,552

    Rick Carlisle

    Dallas Mavericks

    2008-present

    NBA Champion (2011)
    NBA Coach of the Year (2002)

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    #91 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time#6 of 15 The Best Pacers Coaches of All Time, Ranked

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    1,826
    1,907

    Doc Rivers

    Philadelphia 76ers

    2013-present

    NBA champion (2008)
    NBA Coach of the Year (2000)

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    #48 of 150 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History#27 of 27 The Best '90s Point Guards

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    987
    1,132

    voting closed at #13

    Terry Stotts

    Portland Trail Blazers

    2012-2021

    FIRED on June 4, 2021

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    357
    321

    Taylor Jenkins

    Memphis Grizzlies

    2019-present

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    262
    205

    Steve Nash

    Brooklyn Nets

    2020-present

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    #374 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time#24 of 289 The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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    955
    1,005

    Billy Donovan

    Chicago Bulls

    2020-present

    NBCA Co-Coach of the Year (2020)

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    1,348
    1,741

    Dwane Casey

    Detroit Pistons

    2018-present

    NBA Coach of the Year (2018)
    NBCA Coach of the Year (2018)

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    #33 of 78 The All Time Greatest NBA Coaches#3 of 14 Best Minnesota Timberwolves Coaches of All Time

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    849

    Tom Thibodeau

    New York Knicks

    2020-present

    2× NBA Coach of the Year (2011, 2021)

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    #17 of 31 The Best Knicks Coaches of All Time, Ranked#2 of 24 Best Chicago Bulls Coaches of All Time

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    889

    Frank Vogel

    Los Angeles Lakers

    2019-present

    NBA Champion (2020)

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    102
    100

    Stephen Silas

    Houston Rockets

    2020-present

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    475
    773

    voting closed at #21

    Steve Clifford

    Orlando Magic

    2018-2021

    FIRED on June 5, 2021

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    270
    407

    J. B. Bickerstaff

    Cleveland Cavaliers

    2020-present

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    58
    75

    Chris Finch

    Minnesota Timberwolves

    2021 - Present

  • 24
    276
    583

    Stan Van Gundy

    New Orleans Pelicans

    2020-present

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    64
    90

    Mark Daigneault

    Oklahoma City Thunder

    2020-present