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NBA The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked  

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From Minneapolis to Los Angeles, the Lakers have had a long and storied ride as an NBA franchise. Perhaps that's why the team attracts such storied coaching talent, too. This list lets you rank every head coach of the Lakers from best to worst. Some great leaders prioritized defense, while other former Lakers head coaches developed genius offensive plays. Many of the best L.A. Lakers coaches once played for the team themselves.

Who will you find on this list of famous Lakers coaches? Phil Jackson has won more titles than any other coach in NBA history, including five championships with the L.A. Lakers. His “zen” approach to basketball has made him a legend in Lakers history. Jerry West was a player with the Lakers from 1960-1974 and a coach with the team from 1976-1979. Other good coaches from the Los Angeles Lakers include Byron Scott, Pat Riley, and Mike Dunleavy.

Which LA Lakers coach do you think is the best? Vote your favorites up to the top of the list and share some of your favorite moments in Lakers history in the comments section.

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1
47 12
Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 73

2
49 14
Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 73

3
23 9
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 80

4
25 16
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 59

5
17 9
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Died at 87 (1926-2013)

6
19 14
Luke Walton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 38

7
10 6
Paul Westhead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 79

8
8 4
Del Harris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 81

9
8 5
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked

10
10 8
Byron Scott is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 57

11
7 5
Bill Bertka is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Bill Bertka 89

12
7 5
Butch van Breda Kolff is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Died at 85 (1922-2007)

13
8 7
Mike Dunleavy, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked

14
6 5
Jack McKinney is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Jack McKinney 82

15
4 3
Fred Schaus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Died at 85 (1925-2010)

16
4 4
Frank Hamblen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked

17
3 3
Joe Mullaney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Died at 75 (1925-2000)

18
2 2
Randy Pfund is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 65

19
2 2
Bernie Bickerstaff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked

20
8 10
Kurt Rambis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 60

21
7 10
Mike D'Antoni is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Mike D'Antoni 66

22
5 10
Mike Brown is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 48