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Top 25 NBA Coaches of All Time

The NBA has many talented players but talent can only take a player so far in the league. In order to win games and to have a shot to win the NBA Championship they need a good team and a great coach. A great coach understands his players and puts in a good system to help motivate his talented players to play to their potential. A great coach is also one of the keys to win a championship.

25 Al Attles

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24 Larry Costello

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23 Alex Hannum

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22 Bill Russell

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21 K.C. Jones

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20 Tom Heinsohn

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19 Lenny Wilkens

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18 Erik Spoelstra

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17 Doc Rivers

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16 Rudy Tomjanovich

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15 Bill Sharman

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14 John Kundla

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13 Rick Adelman

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12 George Karl

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11 Don Nelson

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10 Billy Cunningham

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9 Red Holzman

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8 Larry Brown

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7 Jack Ramsay

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6 Chuck Daly

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Chuck Daly had incredible success with the Detroit Pistons and won consecutive championships with the bad boys of the NBA. He has a record of 638-437 with several teams. His teams made the playoffs 12 out of 14 seasons as the head coach. His best coaching seasons came in 1988-89 and 1989-90 when the Detroit Pistons won back to back NBA championships. He also made it to the finals in the 1987-88 season.

5 Jerry Sloan

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Jerry Sloan is widely respected and is mentioned as one of the elite coaches who never won a championship. He holds the record for the third most wins by an NBA coach. His record is 1,221-803 during the regular season with the Chicago Bulls and the Utah Jazz. His teams have made the playoffs 22 of 26 seasons.

4 Pat Riley

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3 Gregg Popovich

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2 Red Auerbach

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1 Phil Jackson

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Phil Jackson is the most successful coach ever. He enjoyed not just success, but dynasties with both Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers. His record is 1,140-485 with the Bulls and the Lakers, which marks for a jaw-dropping .704 win percentage. The phrase 'he's a winner' is thrown around often, but this is truly the case for Jackson. You don't have to look far for proof.

Both the Lakers and the Bulls made the playoffs every single season with Jackson as the head coach. He has won the most championships ever by a coach with 11. He has also coached many NBA legends and superstars such as Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant. His very successful coaching career and the most championship success has made Phil Jackson the greatest coach of all time.

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