COACH OF THE YEAR

#1 Terry Stotts – Many didn’t think the Blazers were a playoff team this season let alone a championship contender. But Stotts has taken a relatively young and unproven group and transformed them into a cohesive and balanced machine. Portland’s success – unforeseen and rather stunning – is one of the best storylines in all of sports.

#2 Mike Budenholzer – It just seems that if you spend time learning from Gregg Popovich you are likely to succeed when you go on your own. Budenholzer, who spent 18 years in the Spurs organization prior to this season, has guided the Hawks to an impressive start despite the departure of Josh Smith.

#3 Jeff Hornacek – We often give more credit and recognition to the coaches rather than the players when a team exceeds expectations. And it’s generally the other way around when a team is supposed to be good and they don’t disappoint. In Phoenix, which was assumed to be heading to a spot in the draft lottery, we are honoring the first year head coach.

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