Coaches The Best Current NBA Coaches  

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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
San Antonio Spurs Gregg Charles Popovich is an American basketball coach who is currently the head coach of the National Basketball Association's San Antonio Spurs. Taking over as coach of the Spurs in 1996, ...more

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Brad Stevens is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
Boston Celtics Bradley Kent "Brad" Stevens is an American professional basketball head coach for the Boston Celtics of the NBA. He was previously the head coach at Butler University in Indianapolis. ...more

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Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
surag added Golden State Warriors Stephen Douglas "Steve" Kerr is a retired American professional basketball player and current head coach of the Golden State Warriors. Kerr is a 5-time NBA champion, winning three ...more

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Quin Snyder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
surag added Utah Jazz Quin Price Snyder is an American basketball coach who is currently the head coach of the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association. Snyder was an assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks for ...more

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Mike D'Antoni is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
brianbiancardi added Houston Rockets Michael Andrew "Mike" D'Antoni is an Italian-American professional basketball head coach who was formerly a professional basketball player. He last coached the Los Angeles Lakers until ...more

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Dwane Casey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
Detroit Pistons Dwane Casey is an American basketball coach. He is the current head coach of the NBA's Toronto Raptors. Casey is also a former NCAA basketball player and coach, having played and coached there ...more

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Erik Spoelstra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
Miami Heat Erik Jon Spoelstra is an American professional basketball coach and the current head coach of the National Basketball Association's Miami Heat. Of Filipino descent from his mother's side, he is ...more

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Rick Carlisle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
Josh Verkler added Dallas Mavericks Richard Preston "Rick" Carlisle is the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association. He has also served as head coach of the Indiana Pacers and Detroit ...more

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Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
Los Angeles Clippers Glenn Anton "Doc" Rivers is an American basketball coach and former player. He is the current head coach and President of Basketball Operations for the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers. A ...more

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Mike Budenholzer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
Milwaukee Bucks Michael Vincent Budenholzer is the current head coach of the Atlanta Hawks in the National Basketball Association. Before joining Atlanta, Budenholzer spent 18 seasons with the San Antonio ...more

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Terry Stotts is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
MattBryant added Portland Trail Blazers Terry Stotts is an American retired professional basketball forward and the current head coach for the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA. After a playing career in Europe and the Continental ...more

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Tom Thibodeau is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
brianbiancardi added Minnesota Timberwolves Thomas Joseph "Tom" Thibodeau, Jr. is an American basketball coach who is currently the head coach of the Chicago Bulls. As a defensive coach, he helped the Houston Rockets rank among ...more

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Brett Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
slaft added Philadelphia 76ers Brett Brown is an American professional basketball coach who is currently the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA. Brown is a former college basketball player who previously served ...more

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Scott Brooks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
brianbiancardi added Washington Wizards Scott William Brooks is an American professional basketball coach and former professional basketball player. Originally from Lathrop, California, Brooks is currently serving as the head coach of ...more

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Luke Walton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
Los Angeles Lakers Luke Theodore Walton is an American professional basketball coach and a former player who works as an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors. He played the Small Forward position. He was ...more

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Nate McMillan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
brianbiancardi added Indiana Pacers Nathaniel "Nate" McMillan is an American basketball coach and former player; he's currently an assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association. He coached ...more

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David Fizdale is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
New York Knicks David Sean Fizdale is an Associate Head Coach for the Miami Heat in the National Basketball Association. He also serves as the team's Director of Player Development.

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Mike Malone is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
surag added Denver Nuggets Michael Malone is an American professional basketball coach who was most recently head coach of the Sacramento Kings in the National Basketball Association.

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Alvin Gentry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
brianbiancardi added New Orleans Pelicans Alvin Harris Gentry is an American basketball coach. He currently serves as associate head coach for the Golden State Warriors. Gentry was a former former college basketball player, who has led ...more

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Tyronn Lue is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
Cleveland Cavaliers Tyronn Jamar Lue is a retired American professional basketball player and current associate head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association. The 6 ft 0 in, 175 lb ...more

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Steve Clifford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
Orlando Magic Steven Gerald Clifford is an American basketball coach who is currently the head coach for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association.

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Billy Donovan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
brianbiancardi added Oklahoma City Thunder William John Donovan, Jr. is an American college basketball coach who has been the head coach of the Florida Gators men's basketball team of the University of Florida since 1996. Donovan is the ...more

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David Joerger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
Sacramento Kings David Joerger is an American professional basketball coach who is currently the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association. He was the head coach of the Dakota ...more

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J. B. Bickerstaff is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
Memphis Grizzlies John-Blair Bickerstaff is an American basketball coach. He has also been an assistant coach for several NBA teams.

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Kenny Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
brianbiancardi added Brooklyn Nets Kenneth Neil Atkinson is an American former professional basketball player.

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Nick Nurse is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
Toronto Raptors Nick Nurse (born July 24, 1967) is an American basketball coach who is the Head Coach for the Toronto Raptors.

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Fred Hoiberg is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
brianbiancardi added Chicago Bulls Fredrick Kristian Hoiberg is the head men's basketball coach at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, where he grew up and had played college basketball. He was previously Vice President of ...more

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James Borrego Charlotte Hornets

James Borrego (born November 12, 1977) is an American basketball coach who is currently the head coach of the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

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Igor Kokoškov is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
Igor Kokoškov Phoenix Suns Igor Stefan Kokoškov (born 17 December 1971) is a Serbian American professional basketball coach who is currently the head coach for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association ...more

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Lloyd Pierce is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
Lloyd Pierce Atlanta Hawks

Lloyd Daniel Pierce (born May 11, 1976) is an American basketball coach. He is the current head coach of the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has previously coached for the Philadelphia 76ers, Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Golden State Warriors. In addition to coaching, he has also played internationally.