NBA General Managers cast their unofficial votes
GM Survey: 2005-06 Coach of the Year

April 25, 2006 -- Prior to the start of the 2005-06 season, NBA.com conducted its fourth annual survey of NBA General Managers, gathering predictions for the coming year.

Now, we’re re-visiting the survey, asking GMs, with the season now complete, who they think are the best in the game in regard to the six season ending awards, as well as the GMs' picks for Executive of the Year. We asked each GM to rank their top three in each category. We, then, awarded five points for a first-place vote, three for a second and one for a third to arrive at our totals.

Of the GM's who responded to our survey, here's who the guys that call the shots think should receive the hardware.


Avery Johnson, Dallas Mavericks
Voting:
1st
2nd
3rd
Pts
Received:
11
6
1
74
In his first full season as the Mavs' head coach, he led the team to 60 wins, tying the franchise high set in 2002-03.


Mike D'Antoni, Phoenix Suns
MIKE D'ANTONI, Phoenix
Voting:
1st
2nd
3rd
Pts
Received:
5
3
6
40
No coach has ever won back-to-back Coach of the Year Awards, but D'Antoni is in the running after leading the Suns to a 54-28 record -- without Amare Stoudemire.


Flip Saunders, Detroit Pistons
FLIP SAUNDERS, Detroit
Voting:
1st
2nd
3rd
Pts
Received:
4
4
4
36
In his first year as Pistons coach, Saunders guided Detroit to a franchise-record and league-best 64-18 record.


Mike Dunleavy, L.A. Clippers
MIKE DUNLEAVY, L.A. Clippers
Voting:
1st
2nd
3rd
Pts
Received:
1
6
3
26
Dunleavy led the Clippers back to the postseason for the first time since 1997.


Byron Scott, New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets
BYRON SCOTT, New Orleans/Okla. City
Voting:
1st
2nd
3rd
Pts
Received:
2
2
3
19
Scott led the Hornets to a 20-game improvement despite being displaced to Oklahoma City because of Hurricane Katrina.


Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs
GREGG POPOVICH, San Antonio
Voting:
1st
2nd
3rd
Pts
Received:
1
1
2
10
The 2002-03 award winner led the defending champion Spurs to a franchise-best 63 wins.


Phil Jackson, L.A. Lakers
PHIL JACKSON, L.A. Lakers
Voting:
1st
2nd
3rd
Pts
Received:
1
0
2
7
After a one-year absence, Jackson returned to the Lakers' sideline to lead the team back to the postseason.


Mike Brown, Cleveland Cavaliers
MIKE BROWN, Cleveland
Voting:
1st
2nd
3rd
Pts
Received:
0
1
3
6
Brown guided LeBron James & Co. to its first playoff berth in eight years.


Lawrence Frank, New Jersey Nets
LAWRENCE FRANK, New Jersey
Voting:
1st
2nd
3rd
Pts
Received:
0
2
0
6
Frank's Nets finished the season as one of the hottest teams in the league, capturing the Atlantic Division.


Pat Riley, Miami Heat
PAT RILEY, Miami
Voting:
1st
2nd
3rd
Pts
Received:
1
0
0
5
After two years in the Heat's front office, Riley replaced Stan Van Gundy as the team's coach, leading Miami to the Southeast Division title.


Mike Fratello, Memphis
MIKE FRATELLO, Memphis
Voting:
1st
2nd
3rd
Pts
Received:
0
0
1
1
Fratello led the Grizzlies to their third straight playoff appearance.


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