The coaching efforts of Mike Budenholzer and Billy Donovan have not gone unnoticed this season.
Budenholzer and Donovan were the Michael H. Goldberg National Basketball Coaches Association (NBCA) co-coaches of the year, as voted on by the NBA's 30 head coaches.
"Congratulations to Mike Budenholzer and Billy Donovan on this prestigious recognition," Dallas Mavericks Head Coach and NBCA President Rick Carlisle said in a release. "Mike led the Bucks to the best record in the league for a second straight season and Billy became just the fourth active Head Coach to lead his team to the playoffs in each of his first five seasons.
"To win the vote of our peers makes the Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year Award one of the most meaningful in all of pro sports."
This award, first voted on in 2017, is a separate honour from the Red Auerbach Coach of the Year award, which has already been voted on by the media based on games played through March 11 and will be announced after the 2020 NBA playoffs begin.
ESPN Adrian Wojnarowski noted that Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse fell one vote shy of earning a third share of the award.
The NBA's 30 head coaches vote on the award. Toronto's Nick Nurse was one vote away from making it a three-way tie, per sources. https://t.co/ieujiIrsDB- Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 3, 2020
Could this have a bearing on his chances to win the NBA's Coach of the Year honour? Take a look at the resumes of the above three…
|Coach||Team||Record (through Mar. 11)|
|Mike Budenholzer||Milwaukee Bucks||53-12|
|Billy Donovan||Oklahoma City Thunder||40-24|
|Nick Nurse||Toronto Raptors||46-18|
…as well as a history of the implications of being named NBCA Coach of the Year.
|Year||NBCA Coach of the Year||NBA Coach of the Year|
|2016-17||Mike D'Antoni (Rockets), Erik Spoelstra (Heat)||Mike D'Antoni, Houston Rockets|
|2017-18||Dwane Casey, Toronto Raptors||Dwane Casey, Toronto Raptors|
|2018-19||Mike Budenholzer, Milwaukee Bucks||Mike Budenholzer, Milwaukee Bucks|
|2019-20||Mike Budenholzer (Bucks), Billy Donovan (Thunder||TBD|
The 2020 NBA playoffs begin on Monday, Aug. 17. The NBA will announce the winner of the Red Auerbach Trophy as the NBA's Coach of the Year during TNT's coverage of the 2020 NBA Playoffs.
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