Billy Donovan, Mike Budenholzer shared the Coach’s Coach of the Year Award
The National Basketball Coaches Association has appointed Oklahoma State Thunder coach Billy Donovan and Milwaukee Bucks Mike Budenholzer as the co-winners of the Coach of the Year Award. The coaches voted together.
They defeated the Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse (two votes behind), and defeated the Memphis Grizzlies’ Taylor Jenkins (Taylor Jenkins).
This award is separate from the traditional MVP, DPOY, MIP, and Men of the Year awards later in the season, and is voted for by all 30 NBA coaches-each coach can select one vote.
For Budenholzer, this is his second consecutive nod. This is when he coached the Bucks to the peak of the Eastern Conference and created an amazing record of 54-13 (at the time of writing).
For Donovan, the narrative is slightly different. When the Thunder traded Paul George, many people predicted that the Oklahoma City team was destined to undergo several seasons of transformation and reconstruction. However, Donovan has been outstanding in leading the new lineup to a 41-25 record and has the opportunity to play in-depth in the playoffs.
NBCA Chairman Rick Carlisle congratulated them on their achievements.
Carlisle said: “Congratulations to Mike Budenholzer and Billy Donovan for receiving this prestigious honor.”
“Mike led the Bucks to the league’s best record for the second consecutive season, and Billy became the fourth active head coach to lead the team to the playoffs in the first five seasons.”
This post is written by Nick Kelland