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The Milwaukee Bucks rolled to the best record in the NBA this season. To the victors go the spoils.
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer has been elected National Basketball Coaches Association 2019 Coach of the Year, the league announced Saturday.
Budenholzer led Milwaukee to 60 victories this season, his first with the Bucks.
In voting conducted by the 30 NBA head coaches, who were not permitted to vote for themselves, Budenholzer received the Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year award, named in honor of the organization’s late president.
He is the fourth man to earn the honor, following co-winners Mike D’Antoni and Erik Spoelstra in 2017 and Dwane Casey in 2018.
“It’s an incredible honor to be recognized by your peers, and that makes this award truly special,” Budenholzer said in a statement. “Thank you to my colleagues across the NBA, and most importantly thank you to our players and staff in Milwaukee. The players’ and staffs’ work this year has given our team and our fans a very special season.”
Also receiving votes were Brooklyn’s Kenny Atkinson, Denver’s Michael Malone, Indiana’s Nate McMillan, San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich, the Clippers’ Doc Rivers, Utah’s Quin Snyder and Portland’s Terry Stotts.
Budenholzer won the Red Aurebach Trophy, selected by the media, as the NBA’s Coach of the Year in 2015 while with Atlanta after leading the Hawks to 60 victories.