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The Best NBA Coaches Right Now  

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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 2018-2019 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. Be sure to vote for your pick for the 2019 NBA Coach of the Year!

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 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)

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

2013-present

2017 NBA All-Star Game Head Coach

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)

4
Quin Snyder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
surag added Utah Jazz

2014-present

5
Mike D'Antoni is listed (or ranked) 5 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

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 Budenholzer is listed (or ranked) 7 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

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

9
Dwane Casey is listed (or ranked) 9 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

10
Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
Los Angeles Clippers

2013-present

11
Rick Carlisle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
Josh Verkler added Dallas Mavericks

2008-present

2011 NBA Champion

12
Mike Malone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
surag added Denver Nuggets

2015-present

2019 NBA All-Star Game Head Coach

13
Nate McMillan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
brianbiancardi added Nate McMillan Indiana Pacers

2016-present

14
Terry Stotts is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
MattBryant added Portland Trail Blazers

2012-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
Kenny Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
brianbiancardi added Brooklyn Nets

2016-present

17
Frank Vogel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
Los Angeles Lakers

2019-present

18
Luke Walton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
Sacramento Kings

2019-present

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

2018-present

20
Alvin Gentry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
brianbiancardi added New Orleans Pelicans

2015-present

21
Billy Donovan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
brianbiancardi added Oklahoma City Thunder

2015-present

22
Scott Brooks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
brianbiancardi added Washington Wizards

2016-present

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

2018-present

24
Monty Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
Phoenix Suns

2019-present

25
Lloyd Pierce is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best NBA Coaches Right Now
Atlanta Hawks

2018-present