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Best Houston Rockets Coaches of All Time  

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In their time as an NBA franchise, the Houston Rockets Coaches of All Time have gone through many different head coaches, all with different personalities and coaching styles. With that said, who is the best Houston Rockets Coaches of All Time coach of all time? We want to hear your thoughts, which is why we created this poll of the top Houston Rockets Coaches of All Time head coaches.

Rudy Tomjanovich is the only Rockets head coach to win an NBA Finals. Tomjanovich would win it in back-to-back seasons in 1994 and 1995.

Tom Nissalke was the first Rockets head coach to win NBA Coach of the Year. Nissalke would win the coveted award in 1977, his first season as coach of the team.

If you love basketball and the Houston Rockets Coaches of All Time, then help us decide who the best Houston Rockets Coaches of All Time coach is by voting up your top picks. You don't have to vote for the winningest Houston Rockets Coaches of All Time coach, but it's hard to argue against solid numbers.
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Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Best Houston Rockets Coaches of All Time
1992–2003
Rudolph Tomjanovich Jr. (born November 24, 1948) is an American retired basketball player and coach who lead the Houston Rockets to two consecutive NBA championships. He was an All-Star forward ...more

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Mike D'Antoni is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Best Houston Rockets Coaches of All Time
Mike D'Antoni 2016-present
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Bill Fitch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Best Houston Rockets Coaches of All Time
1983–1988
William Charles Fitch (born May 19, 1932) is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) coach who had been successful in developing a number of teams into playoff contenders. ...more
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Jeff Van Gundy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Best Houston Rockets Coaches of All Time
2003–2007
Jeffrey William Van Gundy (born January 19, 1962) is an American basketball coach. He is also a commentator for ESPN. He has previously been the head coach of the New York Knicks and the Houston ...more
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Rick Adelman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Best Houston Rockets Coaches of All Time
2007–2011
Richard Leonard Adelman (born June 16, 1946) is an American retired professional basketball player and coach. He coached 23 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He served as head ...more
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Kevin McHale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Best Houston Rockets Coaches of All Time
2011–2015
Kevin McHale may refer to: Kevin McHale (footballer) (born 1939), former English professional footballer Kevin McHale (basketball) (born 1957), retired American basketball player and former ...more

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Don Chaney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Best Houston Rockets Coaches of All Time
1988–1992
Donald Ray Chaney (born March 22, 1946) is an American former professional basketball player and coach, most notable for his long stints as a player on the Boston Celtics.

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Del Harris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Best Houston Rockets Coaches of All Time
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Delmer William Harris (June 18, 1937) is an American basketball coach who is currently the vice president of the Texas Legends, the NBA D-League affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks. He served as a ...more
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J. B. Bickerstaff is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Best Houston Rockets Coaches of All Time
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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
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Johnny Egan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Best Houston Rockets Coaches of All Time
1973–1976
John Francis Egan (born January 31, 1939) is a retired American professional basketball player and coach. A 5' 11" (1.80 m) guard from Weaver High School (Connecticut) and Providence ...more
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Tom Nissalke is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Best Houston Rockets Coaches of All Time
1976–1979
Thomas Edward Nissalke (July 7, 1932 – August 22, 2019) was an American professional basketball coach in the National Basketball Association and American Basketball Association. He coached ...more
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Tex Winter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Best Houston Rockets Coaches of All Time
1971-1973
Morice Fredrick "Tex" Winter (February 25, 1922 – October 10, 2018) was an American basketball coach and innovator of the triangle offense. He was a head coach in college basketball ...more