Raptors head coach Nick Nurse has been named the 2019/20 NBA Head Coach of the Year, the league announced today in a press release.
Nurse, 53, led Toronto to the organization’s first NBA championship last season. Despite the loss of Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors had an even better winning percentage during the ’19/20 regular season than they did a year ago, clinching the Eastern Conference’s second seed. Toronto currently holds a 3-0 lead over the Nets in the team’s first-round playoff series.
Of the 100 total first-place votes, Nurse garnered 90 of them in a clear runaway with the award. His 470 total points dwarfed the 147 points earned by runner-up Mike Budenholzer — the Bucks head coach received five first-place votes.
Thunder head coach Billy Donovan, who received four first-place votes, was the third-place finisher with 134 total points. Pacers head coach Nate McMillan got the final first-place vote.
Here’s the full breakdown of the voting for the NBA Coach of the Year:
- Nurse (470 points)
- Budenholzer (147)
- Donovan (134)
- Erik Spoelstra, Heat (154)
- Frank Vogel, Lakers (36)
- Taylor Jenkins, Grizzlies (29)
- McMillan (12)
- Brad Stevens, Celtics (5)
- Michael Malone, Nuggets (5)
- Doc Rivers, Clippers (5)
- Rick Carlisle, Mavericks (3)