NBA Coach of the Year award is heavily contested this year. A lot of coaches are in the running because of their achievements this season. Some of the front-runners are Frank Vogel (LA Lakers), Mike Budenholzer (Milwaukee Bucks), Nick Nurse (Toronto Raptors), Billy Donovan (OKC Thunder) and Brad Stevens (Boston Celtics).
The coach’s vote for the award grading their peers has been released. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweeted the result out. Mike Budenholzer and Billy Donovan are the winners of the coach’s vote. However, they aren’t the final winners. The players and media vote results will be released later. Coach Bud could repeat as Coach of the Year, after also winning it last season. The Milwaukee Bucks are the best team in the entire NBA. Their record is consistent because of Budenholzer’s system.
The Oklahoma City Thunder is one of the biggest surprise teams of the season. People’s expectations were low, as the team lost Russell Westbrook and Paul George,. Regardless, the team is comfortable in the playoffs. Billy Donovan has the perfect system around new point guard Chris Paul. Donovan isn’t likely to get the same share of the media or player vote.
People are surprised that Toronto Raptors’ head coach Nick Nurse hasn’t made it. Woj revealed that Nurse was one vote away from being named in a three-way tie.
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People have not reacted calmly to this news. Nurse not winning the vote has people upset and worried about how the coach’s vote. However, this is not the final award. Nurse will likely pick up more votes in the other categories, as he has been the leading favorite for a while.
Nick Nurse and the Toronto Raptors are second in the Eastern Conference (47-18). Despite losing Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors have made a genuine push to repeat as champions. The result is not final yet.
SOURCE: Adrian Wojnarowski Twitter