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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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Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Phil Jackson age 73

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Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Pat Riley age 73

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

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

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Luke Walton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Luke Walton age 38

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Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Bill Sharman Died at 87 (1926-2013)

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Byron Scott is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Byron Scott age 57

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Paul Westhead is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Paul Westhead age 79

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

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

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Jack McKinney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Jack McKinney 82

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

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Bill Bertka is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Bill Bertka 89

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Frank Hamblen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked

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Mike Dunleavy, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked

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Del Harris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Del Harris age 81

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Fred Schaus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Fred Schaus Died at 85 (1925-2010)

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Joe Mullaney is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Joe Mullaney Died at 75 (1925-2000)

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Randy Pfund is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Randy Pfund age 65

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Bernie Bickerstaff is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked

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

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