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The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked 

Ranker NBA
Updated November 4, 2019 1.3k votes 318 voters 7.5k views

List Rules Vote up the greatest leaders on the court.

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
Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Age: 74
2
Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Pat Riley Age: 74
3
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Age: 81
4
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Dec. at 87 (1926-2013)
5
Paul Westhead is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Age: 80
6
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Age: 60
7
Luke Walton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Age: 39
8
Jack McKinney is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Jack McKinney Age: 82
9
Del Harris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Age: 82
10
Bill Bertka is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Bill Bertka Age: 89
11
Frank Vogel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Julian Vida added Age: 46
12
Butch van Breda Kolff is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Dec. at 85 (1922-2007)
13
Fred Schaus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Dec. at 85 (1925-2010)
14
Mike Dunleavy, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
15
Mike D'Antoni is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Mike D'Antoni Age: 66
16
Byron Scott is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Age: 58
17
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
18
Bernie Bickerstaff is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
19
Frank Hamblen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Age: 70
20
Kurt Rambis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Age: 61
21
Joe Mullaney is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Dec. at 75 (1925-2000)
22
Mike Brown is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Age: 49
23
Randy Pfund is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Age: 66