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Coaches 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.

list ordered by
1
111 24
Phil Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 74
2
99 19
Pat Riley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 74
3
48 25
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 81
4
35 21
Bill Sharman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Dec. at 87 (1926-2013)
5
27 17
Paul Westhead is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 80
6
23 17
Del Harris is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 82
7
19 13
Bill Bertka is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Bill Bertka 89
8
18 12
Jack McKinney is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Jack McKinney 82
9
42 42
Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 60
10
39 40
Luke Walton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 39
11
16 13
Butch van Breda Kolff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Dec. at 85 (1922-2007)
12
13 10
Fred Schaus is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Dec. at 85 (1925-2010)
13
16 20
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
14
20 27
Byron Scott is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 58
15
18 26
Mike D'Antoni is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Mike D'Antoni 66
16
13 20
Mike Dunleavy, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
17
9 15
Frank Hamblen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
18
9 16
Bernie Bickerstaff is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
19
14 26
Mike Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 49
20
5 13
Joe Mullaney is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
Dec. at 75 (1925-2000)
21
13 27
Kurt Rambis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 61
22
4 17
Randy Pfund is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Lakers Coaches of All Time, Ranked
age 66