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 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!

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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Dwane Casey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
Detroit Pistons
Dwane Casey (born April 17, 1957) is an American basketball coach who is currently the head coach for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a former NCAA ...more

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Quin Snyder is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Erik Spoelstra is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Mike D'Antoni is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
brianbiancardi added Houston Rockets
Michael Andrew D'Antoni (born May 8, 1951) is an American-Italian professional basketball coach who was formerly a professional basketball player. He is the head coach of the Houston Rockets of ...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 (born August 6, 1969) is an American professional basketball coach who is the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Before ...more

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392 538
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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Nate McMillan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
brianbiancardi added Indiana Pacers
Nathaniel McMillan (born August 3, 1964) is an American basketball coach and former player who is currently the head coach for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He ...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 (born July 31, 1965) is an American professional basketball coach. He is the head coach of the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and a former ...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 (born March 28, 1980) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association ...more

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357 377
Mike Malone is listed (or ranked) 16 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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David Fizdale is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
New York Knicks
David Sean Fizdale (born June 16, 1974) is an American professional basketball coach who is currently the head coach of the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He ...more

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Nick Nurse is listed (or ranked) 18 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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David Joerger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
Sacramento Kings
David Joerger (born February 21, 1974) is an American professional basketball coach for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was the head coach of the Dakota ...more

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324 326
Alvin Gentry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
brianbiancardi added New Orleans Pelicans
Alvin Harris Gentry (born November 5, 1954) is an American basketball coach who is head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Gentry was a former ...more

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Billy Donovan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
brianbiancardi added Oklahoma City Thunder
William John Donovan Jr. (born May 30, 1965) is an American professional basketball coach and former player. He is the current head coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball ...more

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Steve Clifford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
Orlando Magic
Steven Gerald Clifford (born September 17, 1961) is an American basketball coach. He is the current head coach of the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He previously ...more

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Tyronn Lue is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
Cleveland Cavaliers
Tyron Jemar Lue (born May 3, 1977) is an American professional basketball coach and former player. He is the current head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association ...more

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Kenny Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
brianbiancardi added Brooklyn Nets
Kenneth Neil Atkinson (born June 2, 1967) is an American former professional basketball player who is currently the head coach for the Brooklyn Nets. He previously served as the Director of ...more

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J. B. Bickerstaff is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Coaches
Memphis Grizzlies
John-Blair Bickerstaff (born March 10, 1979) is an American basketball coach who is currently the head coach for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Prior to ...more