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NBA: Gregg Popovich and the Best System Coaches
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When it comes to ranking NBA coaches, the San Antonio Spurs' Gregg Popovich always had his name on the list, but he always seemed to be overshadowed. 

Underrated and under the radar is how Gregg Popovich has operated through his lengthy and illustrious NBA career. A four-time NBA champion head coach, Pop has been able to put together a sustained run of success like few other coaches ever have. And for the first time this season, there's no Phil Jackson, or Jerry Sloan or Larry Brown or anyone else with a bigger personality to overshadow Pop.

He is clearly and undisputedly the top coach in the NBA today.

There are two types of coaches in the NBA. There are coaches who form their systems to fit their players every single year. These coaches can have great seasons here or there, but it's difficult to sustain because the players and their system changes every year.

And then there are the coaches who have their systems firmly in place and are adept at both finding players who fit that system, and then getting the most out of those players.

When it comes to the second type of NBA coach, Gregg Popovich is currently in a league of his own. There is no coach in the league today who can get more out of both great players and mediocre players than Popovich.

But where does Pop rank amongst the best coaches in NBA history? The following list will examine some of the best system coaches in the history of the league.

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