NBA Coach of the Year Award
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The National Basketball Association's Coach of the Year is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given since the 1962–63 NBA season. The winner receives the Red Auerbach Trophy, which is named in honor of the head coach who led the Boston Celtics to nine NBA Championships from 1956 to 1966. The winner is selected at the end of regular season by a panel of sportswriters from the United States and Canada, each of whom casts a vote for first, second and third place selections. Each first-place vote is worth five points; each second-place vote is worth three points; and each third-place vote is worth one point. The person with the highest point total, regardless of the number of first-place votes, wins the award.
Since its inception, the award has been given to 40 different coaches. The most recent award winner is Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau. Don Nelson and Pat Riley each won the award three times, while Hubie Brown, Bill Fitch, Cotton Fitzsimmons and Gene Shue have each won it twice. Riley is the only coach to be named Coach of the Year with three different franchises. Larry Bird is the only recipient to have also been named MVP as a player. Bill Sharman and Lenny Wilkens are the only recipients to have been inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as both player and coach. Johnny Kerr is the only person to win the award with a losing record (33–48 with the Chicago Bulls in 1966-67). Kerr was honored because he had guided the Bulls to the NBA Playoffs in their first season in the league.
|^||Denotes head coach who is still active in the NBA|
|*||Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach|
|*^||Active NBA head coach who has been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame|
|W–L||Win–loss record for that season|
|Win%||Winning percentage for that season|
|1962-63||Harry Gallatin||United States||St. Louis Hawks||48–32||.600|
|1963-64||Alex Hannum*||United States||San Francisco Warriors||48–32||.600|
|1964-65||Red Auerbach*[a]||United States||Boston Celtics||62–18||.775|
|1965-66||Dolph Schayes||United States||Philadelphia 76ers||55–25||.688|
|1966-67||Johnny Kerr||United States||Chicago Bulls||33–48||.407|
|1967-68||Richie Guerin||United States||St. Louis Hawks||56–26||.683|
|1968-69||Gene Shue||United States||Baltimore Bullets||57–25||.695|
|1969-70||Red Holzman*[a]||United States||New York Knicks||60–22||.732|
|1970-71||Dick Motta||United States||Chicago Bulls||51–31||.622|
|1971-72||Bill Sharman*||United States||Los Angeles Lakers||69–13||.841|
|1972-73||Tom Heinsohn||United States||Boston Celtics||68–14||.829|
|1973-74||Ray Scott||United States||Detroit Pistons||52–30||.634|
|1974-75||Phil Johnson||United States||Kansas City-Omaha Kings||44–38||.537|
|1975-76||Bill Fitch[a]||United States||Cleveland Cavaliers||49–33||.598|
|1976-77||Tom Nissalke||United States||Houston Rockets||49–33||.598|
|1977-78||Hubie Brown||United States||Atlanta Hawks||41–41||.500|
|1978-79||Cotton Fitzsimmons||United States||Kansas City Kings||48–34||.585|
|1979-80||Bill Fitch[a]||United States||Boston Celtics||61–21||.744|
|1980-81||Jack McKinney||United States||Indiana Pacers||44–38||.537|
|1981-82||Gene Shue||United States||Washington Bullets||43–39||.524|
|1982-83||Don Nelson[a]||United States||Milwaukee Bucks||51–31||.622|
|1983-84||Frank Layden||United States||Utah Jazz||45–37||.549|
|1984-85||Don Nelson[a]||United States||Milwaukee Bucks||59–23||.720|
|1985-86||Mike Fratello||United States||Atlanta Hawks||50–32||.610|
|1986-87||Mike Schuler||United States||Portland Trail Blazers||49–33||.598|
|1987-88||Doug Moe||United States||Denver Nuggets||54–28||.659|
|1988-89||Cotto Fitzsimmons||United States||Phoenix Suns||55–27||.671|
|1989-90||Pat Riley*[a]||United States||Los Angeles Lakers||63–19||.768|
|1990-91||Don Chaney||United States||Houston Rockets||52–30||.634|
|1991-92||Don Nelson[a]||United States||Golden State Warriors||55–27||.671|
|1992-93||Pat Riley*[a]||United States||New York Knicks||60–22||.732|
|1993-94||Lenny Wilkens*[a]||United States||Atlanta Hawks||57–25||.695|
|1994-95||Del Harris||United States||Los Angeles Lakers||48–34||.585|
|1995-96||Phil Jackson*[a]||United States||Chicago Bulls||72–10||.878|
|1996-97||Pat Riley*[a]||United States||Miami Heat||61–21||.744|
|1997-98||Larry Bird||United States||Indiana Pacers||58–24||.707|
|1998-99||Mike Dunleavy, Sr.||United States||Portland Trail Blazers||35–15||.700|
|1999-00||Doc Rivers^||United States||Orlando Magic||41–41||.500|
|2000-01||Larry Brown*^||United States||Philadelphia 76ers||56–26||.683|
|2001-02||Rick Carlisle^||United States||Detroit Pistons||50–32||.610|
|2002-03||Gregg Popovich^||United States||San Antonio Spurs||60–22||.732|
|2003-04||Hubie Brown||United States||Memphis Grizzlies||50–32||.610|
|2004-05||Mike D'Antoni^||United States[b]||Phoenix Suns||62–20||.756|
|2005-06||Avery Johnson^||United States||Dallas Mavericks||60–22||.732|
|2006-07||Sam Mitchell||United States||Toronto Raptors||47–35||.573|
|2007-08||Byron Scott^||United States||New Orleans Hornets||56–26||.683|
|2008-09||Mike Brown^||United States||Cleveland Cavaliers||66–16||.805|
|2009-10||Scott Brooks^||United States||Oklahoma City Thunder||50–32||.610|
|2010-11||Tom Thibodeau^||United States||Chicago Bulls||62–20||.756|
- [a] Was selected as one of the Top 10 Coaches in NBA History
- [b] Mike D'Antoni also holds Italian citizenship.
- Coach of the Year. NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved on June 2, 2008.
- NBA Coach of the Year. basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved on July 15, 2008.
- ↑ Dallas’ Avery Johnson Named 2005-06 NBA Coach of the Year. NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc (April 28, 2006). Retrieved on July 12, 2008.
- ↑ Heat coach Pat Riley among 2008 Basketball Hall of Fame class. ESPN (April 7, 2008). Retrieved on July 12, 2008.
- ↑ Johnny "Red" Kerr Bio. NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved on July 15, 2008.
- ↑ Top 10 Coaches in NBA History. NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved on July 12, 2008.
- ↑ Mike D'Antoni. NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved on August 17, 2008.
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