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Updated: September 23, 5:06 PM ET
From 1 to 29: Ranking the head coaches

Editor's note: Last week,'s team of NBA experts ranked the personnel men for all 29 teams from best to worst. This week, they rate all 29 head coaches. Here are the results with the claims to fame of each head coach.

To see how users ranked the coaches, click here.

Coach Team Comment
1. Phil Jackson Lakers The Zen Master is at 9 titles and counting
2. Larry Brown 76ers So good he led Clippers to the playoffs
3. Jerry Sloan Jazz Would've had two rings if MJ stayed retired
4. Pat Riley Heat Stunning stat: 16 division titles in 20 years
5. Don Nelson Mavericks Like Riley, a 3-time Coach of Year winner
6. Rick Carlisle Pistons Coach of Year last season as rookie
7. Gregg Popovich Spurs One of five active coaches who've won it all
8. Jim O'Brien Celtics Led C's to first East finals since Bird heyday
9. Flip Saunders Timberwolves Guided T-Wolves to playoffs 6 straight years
10. Rudy Tomjanovich Rockets Won back-to-back titles in 1994 and '95
11. Rick Adelman Kings Two NBA Finals, four West finals
12. Doug Collins Wizards Had 50-win seasons in Chicago, Detroit
13. Doc Rivers Magic Won Coach of Year as rookie ('99-00)
14. George Karl Bucks Has Worlds debacle tarnished his résumé?
15. Nate McMillan SuperSonics Surprisingly led Sonics to playoffs in '02
16. Lenny Wilkens Raptors The NBA's all-time winningest head coach
17. Paul Silas Hornets Three straight playoff berths with Hornets
18. Byron Scott Nets Deserves more credit for Nets' Finals berth
19. Maurice Cheeks Trail Blazers First season as head coach: 49 wins
20. Alvin Gentry Clippers On second stint as NBA head coach
21. Don Chaney Knicks 1990-91 Coach of Year with Houston
22. Bill Cartwright Bulls 17-38 last season as Floyd's replacement
23. Isiah Thomas Pacers Two seasons, two playoffs, two early exits
24. Lon Kruger Hawks Record so far in Atlanta: 58-106 (.354)
25. Sidney Lowe Grizzlies He's 79-220 coaching T-Wolves, Grizzlies
26. John Lucas Cavaliers Won 55 games with Spurs in 1993-94
27. Frank Johnson Suns Replaced Scott Skiles in February
NR. Jeff Bzdelik Nuggets Just got the job; let's see if he can coach
NR. Eric Musselman Warriors Just got the job; let's see if he can coach

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