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Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?  

Aaron Hager
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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

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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Nick Nurse is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
voting closed at #3 Toronto Raptors
Nick Nurse (born July 24, 1967) is an American basketball coach who is the Head Coach for the Toronto Raptors.
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Michael Malone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
Denver Nuggets

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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Doc Rivers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
Los Angeles Clippers

NBA COACH OF THE YEAR FINALIST

Glenn Anton "Doc" Rivers is an American basketball coach and former player. He is the current head coach and President of Basketball Operations for the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers. A ...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
Gregg Charles Popovich is an American basketball coach who is currently the head coach of the National Basketball Association's San Antonio Spurs. Taking over as coach of the Spurs in 1996, ...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
Nathaniel McMillan (born August 3, 1964) is an American basketball coach and former player who is currently the head coach for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He ...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
Stephen Douglas "Steve" Kerr is a retired American professional basketball player and current head coach of the Golden State Warriors. Kerr is a 5-time NBA champion, winning three ...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
Quin Price Snyder is an American basketball coach who is currently the head coach of the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association. Snyder was an assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks for ...more
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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
Terry Stotts is an American retired professional basketball forward and the current head coach for the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA. After a playing career in Europe and the Continental ...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
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

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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 Boston Celtics
Bradley Kent "Brad" Stevens is an American professional basketball head coach for the Boston Celtics of the NBA. He was previously the head coach at Butler University in Indianapolis. ...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
Dwane Casey (born April 17, 1957) is an American basketball coach who is currently the head coach for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a former NCAA ...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
Michael Andrew D'Antoni (born May 8, 1951) is an American-Italian professional basketball coach who was formerly a professional basketball player. He is the head coach of the Houston Rockets of ...more
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Billy Donovan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
voting closed at #16 Oklahoma City Thunder
William John Donovan Jr. (born May 30, 1965) is an American professional basketball coach and former player. He is the current head coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball ...more
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Brett Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
voting closed at #17 Philadelphia 76ers
Brett Brown is an American professional basketball coach who is currently the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers of the NBA. Brown is a former college basketball player who previously served ...more
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Erik Spoelstra is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
voting closed at #18 Miami Heat
Erik Jon Spoelstra is an American professional basketball coach and the current head coach of the National Basketball Association's Miami Heat. Of Filipino descent from his mother's side, he is ...more
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Tom Thibodeau is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
voting closed at #24 Minnesota Timberwolves

Fired December 6

Thomas Joseph Thibodeau Jr. (born January 17, 1958) is an American basketball coach who is head coach and president of basketball operations of the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National ...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
Richard Preston "Rick" Carlisle is the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association. He has also served as head coach of the Indiana Pacers and Detroit ...more
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Fred Hoiberg is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
voting closed at #29 Chicago Bulls

Fired December 3

Fredrick Kristian Hoiberg (born October 15, 1972) is an American professional basketball coach and former player. He currently serves as the head coach for the Chicago Bulls of the National ...more
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Luke Walton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Will Be The 2019 NBA Coach Of The Year?
voting closed at #23 Los Angeles Lakers

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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J. B. Bickerstaff is listed (or ranked) 23 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) 24 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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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