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Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year? 

Aaron Hager
Updated July 19, 2019 10k votes 2k voters 17.3k views 30 items
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UPDATED: Vote for the 2020 NBA Coach of the Year here.

Mike Budenholzer was named NBA Coach of the Year for the 2018-19 season after leading the Milwaukee Bucks to the best record in the NBA and all the way to the Eastern Conference final, where they lost to the eventual champion Toronto Raptors.

At the start of the year, previous winners from NBA history, like Steve Kerr, Gregg Popovich, Tom Thibodeau, and 2018 Coach of the Year Dwane Casey, were the favorites to win the 2019 COTY Award, while Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens and Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder were considered up-and-coming contenders for the 2019 NBA Coach of the Year Award. Other coaches in the conversation to start the season were Brett Brown, Mike D'Antoni, Luke Walton, and Alvin Gentry.

The three finalists for the 2018-19 NBA Coach of the Year award were winner Mike Budenholzer, Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone, and Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers.

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Mike Budenholzer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
Milwaukee Bucks

Age: 48

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Holbrook, Arizona

NBA COACH OF THE YEAR WINNER

Michael Vincent Budenholzer (born August 6, 1969) is an American professional basketball coach who is the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Before ...more
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Michael Malone is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
Denver Nuggets

Age: 35

Nationality: United States of America

NBA COACH OF THE YEAR FINALIST

Michael Malone (born 1971) is an American professional basketball coach who is currently the head coach of the Denver Nuggets in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
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Nick Nurse is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
voting closed at #3 Toronto Raptors

Birthplace: Carroll, Iowa

Nicholas David Nurse (born July 24, 1967) is an American basketball coach who is the head coach of the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Canadian men's ...more
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Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
Los Angeles Clippers

Age: 58

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Teams: New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Hawks

NBA COACH OF THE YEAR FINALIST

Glenn Anton "Doc" Rivers (born October 13, 1961) is an American basketball coach and former player who is the head coach for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball ...more

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Gregg Popovich is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
voting closed at #5 San Antonio Spurs

Age: 70

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: East Chicago, Indiana

Gregg Charles Popovich (born January 28, 1949) is an American professional basketball coach and general manager. He is the head coach and President of the San Antonio Spurs of the National ...more
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Kenny Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
voting closed at #6 Brooklyn Nets
Kenneth Neil Atkinson (born June 2, 1967) is an American former professional basketball player who is currently the head coach for the Brooklyn Nets. He previously served as the Director of ...more
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Nate McMillan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
voting closed at #7 Nate McMillan Indiana Pacers

Age: 55

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina

Teams: Seattle Supersonics, NC State Wolfpack men's basketball

Nathaniel McMillan (born August 3, 1964) is an American basketball coach and former player who is the head coach for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He coached ...more
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Steve Kerr is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
voting closed at #8 Golden State Warriors

Age: 54

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

Teams: Chicago Bulls, Portland Trail Blazers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns

Stephen Douglas Kerr (born September 27, 1965) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach of the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball ...more

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Quin Snyder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
voting closed at #9 Utah Jazz

Age: 53

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Mercer Island, Washington

Quin Price Snyder (born October 30, 1966) is an American basketball coach who is the head coach of the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
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Terry Stotts is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
voting closed at #11 Portland Trail Blazers

Age: 62

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Cedar Falls, Iowa

Terry Linn Stotts (born November 25, 1957) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball ...more
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Steve Clifford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
voting closed at #10 Orlando Magic

Age: 54

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Lincoln, Maine

Steven Gerald Clifford (born September 17, 1961) is an American basketball coach. He is the current head coach of the Orlando Magic of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He previously ...more
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David Joerger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
voting closed at #10 Sacramento Kings

Age: 41

Fired April 11

David Joerger (born February 21, 1974) is an American professional basketball coach for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was the head coach of the Dakota ...more
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Brad Stevens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
voting closed at #13 Brad Stevens Boston Celtics

Age: 43

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana

Bradley Kent Stevens (born October 22, 1976) is an American professional basketball coach and former collegiate player who is the head coach of the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball ...more
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Dwane Casey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
voting closed at #14 Detroit Pistons

Age: 62

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Morganfield, Kentucky

Dwane Casey (born April 17, 1957) is an American basketball coach who is the head coach for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a former NCAA basketball ...more
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Mike D'Antoni is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
voting closed at #15 Houston Rockets

Age: 68

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Mullens, West Virginia

Teams: St. Louis Hawks, Kansas City Kings

Michael Andrew D'Antoni (born May 8, 1951) is an American-Italian professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach of the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball ...more
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Tom Thibodeau is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
voting closed at #24 Minnesota Timberwolves

Age: 61

Birthplace: New Britain, Connecticut

Fired December 6

Thomas Joseph Thibodeau Jr. ( THIB-ə-doh; born January 17, 1958) is an American basketball coach who most recently was head coach and president of basketball operations of the Minnesota ...more
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Billy Donovan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
voting closed at #16 Oklahoma City Thunder

Age: 54

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Rockville Centre, New York, United States of America

Teams: New York Knicks

William John Donovan Jr. (born May 30, 1965) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball ...more
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Brett Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
voting closed at #17 Philadelphia 76ers

Age: 54

Brett William Brown (born February 16, 1961) is an American professional basketball coach who is the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Brown is a ...more
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Erik Spoelstra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
voting closed at #18 Miami Heat

Age: 49

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois

Teams: Portland Pilots men's basketball

Erik Jon Spoelstra ( SPOHL-strə; born November 1, 1970) is an American professional basketball coach who is the head coach for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Of ...more

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Rick Carlisle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
voting closed at #20 Dallas Mavericks

Age: 60

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Ogdensburg, New York

Teams: Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets

Richard Preston Carlisle ( KAR-lyle; born October 27, 1959) is an American basketball coach and former player who is the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association ...more

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J. B. Bickerstaff is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
voting closed at #24 Memphis Grizzlies

Fired April 11

John-Blair Bickerstaff (born March 10, 1979) is an American basketball coach who is currently the head coach for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Prior to ...more
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James Borrego is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
voting closed at #24 Charlotte Hornets
James Borrego (born November 12, 1977) is an American basketball coach who is currently the head coach of the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Borrego played three ...more
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Luke Walton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
voting closed at #23 Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 39

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: San Diego, California

Teams: Sacramento Kings

Fired April 12

Luke Theodore Walton (born March 28, 1980) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach of the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association ...more
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Alvin Gentry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
voting closed at #27 New Orleans Pelicans

Age: 65

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Shelby, North Carolina

Alvin Harris Gentry (born November 5, 1954) is an American basketball coach who is head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Gentry was a former ...more
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Lloyd Pierce is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
voting closed at #25 Atlanta Hawks
Lloyd Daniel Pierce (born May 11, 1976) is an American basketball coach. He is the current head coach of the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has previously coached ...more