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The Best Pistons Coaches of All Time, Ranked 

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Updated October 12, 2018 336 votes 63 voters 1.7k views

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The Pistons have brought multiple championship trophies home to Detroit over the years. Those accolades are partially due to the work of some dedicated head coaches. Every one of the leaders on staff is impressive - but who is the best, and who the worst? The top Pistons coaches come in many forms. Some great leaders prioritized defense, while other former Pistons head coaches developed genius offensive plays. Many of the best Detroit Pistons coaches once played for the team themselves.

Who will you find on this list of famous Detroit Pistons head coaches? Larry Brown led the Pistons to winning the NBA championship in 2004. That same year, he was selected as the coach of the USA Men's Olympic Basketball team - featuring Allen Iverson, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and more - at the 2004 Summer Games. Chuck Daly coached Detroit from 1983-1992, winning two NBA titles along the way. Other good coaches of the Detroit Pistons include Stan Van Gundy, Dave DeBusschere, and Doug Collins.

Which Pistons coach do you think is the all-time best? Give your top choices a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

list ordered by
1
Chuck Daly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pistons Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Dec. at 79 (1930-2009)
2
Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pistons Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Age: 79
3
Rick Carlisle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pistons Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Age: 60
4
Doug Collins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pistons Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Doug Collins Age: 68
5
Flip Saunders is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pistons Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Age: 64
6
Alvin Gentry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pistons Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Age: 65
7
Stan Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pistons Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Age: 60
8
John Kuester is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pistons Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Age: 64
9
Dave DeBusschere is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pistons Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Dec. at 63 (1940-2003)
10
George Irvine is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pistons Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Age: 71
11
Ray Scott is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pistons Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Age: 81
12
Earl Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pistons Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Age: 91
13
Maurice Cheeks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pistons Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Age: 63
14
Michael Curry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pistons Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Age: 51
15
Dick Vitale is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pistons Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Age: 80
16
Lawrence Frank is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Pistons Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Age: 49
17
Butch van Breda Kolff is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Pistons Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Dec. at 85 (1922-2007)
18
John Loyer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Pistons Coaches of All Time, Ranked
John Loyer Age: 52
19
Charley Eckman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Pistons Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Age: 73
20
Bob Kauffman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Pistons Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Age: 73
21
Terry Dischinger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Pistons Coaches of All Time, Ranked
22
Dick McGuire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Pistons Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Dec. at 84 (1926-2010)
23
Donnie Butcher is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Pistons Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Dec. at 76 (1936-2012)
24
Don Chaney is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Pistons Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Age: 73
25
Paul Seymour is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Pistons Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Dec. at 70 (1928-1998)