NEW YORK, April 29, 2008 – New Orleans’ Byron Scott is the recipient of the Red Auerbach Trophy as the 2007-08 NBA Coach of the Year, the NBA announced today.

In his fourth season as the Hornets’ head coach, Scott received 458 points, including 70 first-place votes, from a panel of 125 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Coaches were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote. Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers was second with 242 points (23 first-place votes) and the Houston Rockets’ Rick Adelman was third with 193 points (17 first-place votes).

Scott, the first coach in Hornets history to receive the honor, led the franchise to its first Southwest Division title and a franchise-best 56-win season. Scott guided the team to a 56-26 (.683) record, an 18-game improvement over last season (38-43, .463) and the second-best record in the highly competitive Western Conference. The Hornets also broke a franchise record with 26 road wins, finishing at 26-15 on the road and winning 17 of their final 26 road games. The Hornets were 15-26 away from home a year ago.

Scott was named NBA Coach of the Month for January, after leading the Hornets to a league-best 12-2 record. At the All-Star break, the Hornets owned the highest winning percentage in the West, earning Scott the spot as head coach for the Western Conference All-Stars in New Orleans, his second appearance as an All-Star head coach (2002).

A candidate for the 2005-06 Coach of the Year award after leading the Hornets to an NBA-best 20-game turnaround, Scott and the Hornets did not lose more than three games in a row this season. The team’s longest winning streak of nine games was up from just four straight wins last season. New Orleans was 0-11 versus the top three Western Conference teams (Dallas, Phoenix, and San Antonio) a year ago; this year, Scott coached the Hornets to an 8-4 record against those teams with two wins each over Dallas and San Antonio, and four wins over Phoenix.

Scott joined the Hornets after three-and-a-half seasons with the New Jersey Nets, during which he compiled a 149-139 record and took the Nets from the bottom of the Eastern Conference (only three teams were worse the season before he arrived) to two consecutive appearances at The Finals (2001-02, 2002-03). In his first season with the Nets (2000-01), Scott posted a 26-56 mark only to coach the team to a 26-game turnaround (sixth-best improvement in NBA history) in 2001-02 and the franchise’s first-ever Atlantic Division Title.

The Coach of the Year Award is named after legendary coach and Hall of Famer Red Auerbach who guided the Celtics to nine NBA Championships. In 1996, Auerbach was honored as one of the Top 10 Coaches in NBA History as the NBA celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Following are the balloting results for the 2007-08 NBA Coach of the Year award and the all-time list of winners:

2007-08 NBA COACH OF THE YEAR RESULTS

Coach Team 1st 2nd 3rd Pts
Byron Scott New Orleans 70 34 6 458
Doc Rivers Boston 23 36 19 242
Rick Adelman Houston 17 23 39 193
Maurice Cheeks Philadelphia 5 12 20 81
Phil Jackson L.A. Lakers 4 9 9 56
Jerry Sloan Utah 6 4 7 49
Eddie Jordan Washington -- 5 12 47
Stan Van Gundy Orlando -- 2 8 14
Nate McMillan Portland -- -- 3 3
Flip Saunders Detroit -- -- 1 1
Mike D'AntoniPhoenix -- -- 1 1

ALL-TIME NBA COACH OF THE YEAR WINNERS

1962-63 - Harry Gallatin, St. Louis
1963-64 - Alex Hannum, San Francisco
1964-65 - Red Auerbach, Boston
1965-66 - Dolph Schayes, Philadelphia
1966-67 - Johnny Kerr, Chicago
1967-68 - Richie Guerin, St. Louis
1968-69 - Gene Shue, Baltimore
1969-70 - Red Holzman, New York
1970-71 - Dick Motta, Chicago
1971-72 - Bill Sharman, Los Angeles
1972-73 - Tom Heinsohn, Boston
1973-74 - Ray Scott, Detroit
1974-75 - Phil Johnson, Kansas City-Omaha
1975-76 - Bill Fitch, Cleveland
1976-77 - Tom Nissalke, Houston
1977-78 - Hubie Brown, Atlanta
1978-79 - Cotton Fitzsimmons, Kansas City
1979-80 - Bill Fitch, Boston
1980-81 - Jack McKinney, Indiana
1981-82 - Gene Shue, Washington
1982-83 - Don Nelson, Milwaukee
1983-84 - Frank Layden, Utah
1984-85 - Don Nelson, Milwaukee
1985-86 - Mike Fratello, Atlanta
1986-87 - Mike Schuler, Portland
1987-88 - Doug Moe, Denver
1988-89 - Cotton Fitzsimmons, Phoenix
1989-90 - Pat Riley, L.A. Lakers
1990-91 - Don Chaney, Houston
1991-92 - Don Nelson, Golden State
1992-93 - Pat Riley, New York
1993-94 - Lenny Wilkens, Atlanta
1994-95 - Del Harris, L.A. Lakers
1995-96 - Phil Jackson, Chicago
1996-97 - Pat Riley, Miami
1997-98 - Larry Bird, Indiana
1998-99 - Mike Dunleavy, Portland
1999-00 - Doc Rivers, Orlando
2000-01 - Larry Brown, Philadelphia
2001-02 - Rick Carlisle, Detroit
2002-03 - Gregg Popovich, San Antonio
2003-04 - Hubie Brown, Memphis
2004-05 - Mike D’Antoni, Phoenix
2005-06 - Avery Johnson, Dallas
2006-07 - Sam Mitchell, Toronto
2007-08 - Byron Scott, New Orleans