Poll: Who Is 2017/18 NBA Coach Of The Year?

While some of the NBA’s 2018 awards look like foregone conclusions – including James Harden for MVP and Victor Oladipo for Most Improved Player – there’s no shortage of viable candidates for the league’s Coach of the Year award. A handful of this season’s playoff teams have exceeded expectations or overcome major injury issues to lead their teams to the postseason.

Here are several of this year’s Coach of the Year candidates, along with a brief case for each of them:

  • Mike D’Antoni, Rockets (64-16): While D’Antoni hasn’t changed his approach significantly this season, his system continues to fire on all cylinders. The Rockets will finish with the NBA’s best record by far, and any coach who guides his team to a 65-win season deserves strong consideration for this award.
  • Dwane Casey, Raptors (59-22): After getting swept out of the 2017 playoffs and losing veterans like P.J. Tucker, Patrick Patterson, Cory Joseph, and DeMarre Carroll in the offseason, the Raptors were expected to perhaps take a step back. Instead, Casey had led a revamped offense and a dominant bench unit to the best season in franchise history.
  • Brad Stevens, Celtics (54-26): Besides overcoming Gordon Hayward‘s season-ending injury, Stevens and the Celtics have also worked injuries to several other key players, including Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart. Boston will ultimately end up with approximately the same record many experts anticipated, but the path to get there has been far more challenging than expected.
  • Brett Brown, Sixers (50-30): This was the year the Sixers had hoped to move out of the rebuilding phase, but simply getting to .500 would’ve been viewed as a success. Not only did the Sixers blow past .500, but they’re now in position to claim the No. 3 seed in the East and potentially improve by 24 games over last season’s 28-54 mark.
  • Nate McMillan, Pacers (48-33): Viewed as a borderline playoff team after trading Paul George to Oklahoma City, the Pacers got off to a decent start before slipping to 19-19 early in 2018. Skeptics may have predicted a finish out of the postseason at that point, but McMillan has guided Indiana to a 29-14 record since January 3, putting the team in position for a top-five seed.
  • Terry Stotts, Trail Blazers (48-33): A recent slump has brought the Blazers back down to the pack in the West, but as recently as a couple weeks ago, they looked like the third-best team in the West. That’s an impressive showing for a team that finished with a .500 record a year ago and didn’t make any major offseason roster changes.
  • Quin Snyder, Jazz (47-33): The Jazz have looked like this year’s version of the 2016/17 Heat, following up a poor first half with an incredible second-half run. The Heat’s 30-11 finish last season left them just short of the playoffs, but the Jazz have locked up a postseason berth with a staggering 28-5 run since since January 22.
  • Alvin Gentry, Pelicans (47-34): A season-ending injury to DeMarcus Cousins could have easily derailed the Pelicans’ playoff aspirations, but Gentry – with the help of Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday – didn’t let that happen. New Orleans clinched a playoff spot on Monday night.
  • Gregg Popovich, Spurs (47-34): A perennial candidate for this award, Popovich will likely be passed over this year for the Spurs’ underwhelming record by their standards — this will be the club’s worst regular season record since 1997. Still, Popovich got San Antonio back to the postseason without Kawhi Leonard for all but nine games. That shouldn’t be overlooked.

ESPN’s panel of experts gives Casey the slight edge for the award, ahead of Stevens, Snyder, D’Antoni, and McMillan, in that order. But this figures to be a close vote, with upwards of one-third of the league’s coaches worthy of votes.

What do you think? Who is your pick for Coach of the Year? Vote below in our poll and jump into the comment section to explain your choice!

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18 thoughts on “Poll: Who Is 2017/18 NBA Coach Of The Year?

  1. Senioreditor

    Utah finishing 3rd or 4th in the WEST is an amazing job!

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    • Yes I agree my choice is either Snyder Utah or McMillan Indiana. Pacers were picked 4 a teardown breakdown rebuild.

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  2. KCelts

    Brad Stevens. Losing Hayward and Kyrie and STILL remaining competitive? Nothing to think about.

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  3. Meadowlark

    Sarge McMillan who did the most with the least. He changed almost everything about who he was as a coach and that’s saying something for a man who was the king of pig headedness in previous coaching jobs; then Quin Snyder and Terry Stotts.

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  4. Z-A

    Has to be the Sixers Brett Brown. 10 Wins, 28 Wins, 50 Wins (so far). Easy to reload your team like the Celtics if you’ve swindled the Nets for half a decade.

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  5. brewpackbuckbadg

    Easy to load your team if you tank for years and trade any good players away for future picks. Eventually you will hit on a few or good picks.

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  6. Meadowlark

    Good point Guru. Both teams, especially Sacto have been too long in exile.

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  7. Rob B.

    Huh? No love for Doc? I know they missed out on the playoffs this year, but the run of injuries the Clippers have suffered has been historic. I think Doc did his best coaching job this year, keeping them alive until the last week of the regular season. I’d go Doc, Casey, Snyder, in that order.

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    • NOPelicanFangirl696969

      They wouldnt give coach of year to a non playoff coach lol

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  8. acarneglia

    How bout Steve Kerr? As much as I hate GS he has had to deal with injuries to Draymond, Steph, Klay, and KD while maintaining second in the West.

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  9. Meadowlark

    Kerr has done a great job, absolutely. But many of these types of awards are a bit of a “beauty contest”, or maybe a better way to put it is, they are a promotional opportunity for the league. It seems to me this is why this honor tends to be spread around a bit. Having said that, thank heavens someone sharper than we fans gets to have the vote.

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