NBA Coach of the Year Award: Wikis


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Red Auerbach speaking at an award ceremony
Hall of Famer Red Auerbach won the award in the 1964–65 season.
Pat Riley at a game
Hall of Famer Pat Riley is the only coach to be named Coach of the Year with three different franchises.
Phil Jackson at a game
Hall of Famer Phil Jackson won the award in the 1995–96 season with an NBA record of 72 wins in a season.
Mike Brown at a game
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown is the most recent award winner.

The National Basketball Association's Coach of the Year is an annual National Basketball Association (NBA) award given since the 1962–63 NBA season. The winner receives the Red Auerbach Trophy, which is named in honor of the head coach who led the Boston Celtics to nine NBA Championships from 1956 to 1966. The winner is selected at the end of regular season by a panel of sportswriters from the United States and Canada, each of whom casts a vote for first, second and third place selections. Each first-place vote is worth five points; each second-place vote is worth three points; and each third-place vote is worth one point. The person with the highest point total, regardless of the number of first-place votes, wins the award.[1]

Since its inception, the award has been given to 39 different coaches. The most recent award winner is Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown.[2] Don Nelson and Pat Riley each won the award three times, while Hubie Brown, Bill Fitch, Cotton Fitzsimmons and Gene Shue have each won it twice. Riley is the only coach to be named Coach of the Year with three different franchises.[3] Larry Bird is the only recipient to have also been named MVP as a player. Johnny Kerr is the only person to win the award with a losing record (33–48 with the Chicago Bulls in 1966–67). Kerr was honored because he had guided the Bulls to the NBA Playoffs in their first season in the league.[4]


^ Denotes coach who is still active in the NBA
* Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach
*^ Active NBA coach who has been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame
W–L Win-loss record for that season
Season Coach Nationality Team W–L
1962–63 Gallatin, HarryHarry Gallatin  United States St. Louis Hawks 48–32
1963–64 Hannum, AlexAlex Hannum*  United States San Francisco Warriors 48–32
1964–65 Auerbach, RedRed Auerbach*[a]  United States Boston Celtics 62–18
1965–66 Schayes, DolphDolph Schayes  United States Philadelphia 76ers 55–25
1966–67 Kerr, JohnnyJohnny Kerr  United States Chicago Bulls 33–48
1967–68 Guerin, RichieRichie Guerin  United States St. Louis Hawks 56–26
1968–69 Shue, GeneGene Shue  United States Baltimore Bullets 57–25
1969–70 Holzman, RedRed Holzman*[a]  United States New York Knicks 60–22
1970–71 Motta, DickDick Motta  United States Chicago Bulls 51–31
1971–72 Sharman, BillBill Sharman  United States Los Angeles Lakers 69–13
1972–73 Heinsohn, TomTom Heinsohn  United States Boston Celtics 68–14
1973–74 Scott, RayRay Scott  United States Detroit Pistons 52–30
1974–75 Johnson, PhilPhil Johnson  United States Kansas City-Omaha Kings 44–38
1975–76 Fitch, BillBill Fitch[a]  United States Cleveland Cavaliers 49–33
1976–77 Nissalke, TomTom Nissalke  United States Houston Rockets 49–33
1977–78 Brown, HubieHubie Brown  United States Atlanta Hawks 41–41
1978–79 Fitzsimmons, CottonCotton Fitzsimmons  United States Kansas City Kings 48–34
1979–80 Fitch, BillBill Fitch[a]  United States Boston Celtics 61–21
1980–81 McKinney, JackJack McKinney  United States Indiana Pacers 44–38
1981–82 Shue, GeneGene Shue  United States Washington Bullets 43–39
1982–83 Nelson, DonDon Nelson^[a]  United States Milwaukee Bucks 51–31
1983–84 Layden, FrankFrank Layden  United States Utah Jazz 45–37
1984–85 Nelson, DonDon Nelson^[a]  United States Milwaukee Bucks 59–23
1985–86 Fratello, MikeMike Fratello  United States Atlanta Hawks 50–32
1986–87 Schuler, MikeMike Schuler  United States Portland Trail Blazers 49–33
1987–88 Moe, DougDoug Moe  United States Denver Nuggets 54–28
1988–89 Fitzsimmons, CottonCotton Fitzsimmons  United States Phoenix Suns 55–27
1989–90 Riley, PatPat Riley*[a]  United States Los Angeles Lakers 63–19
1990–91 Chaney, DonDon Chaney  United States Houston Rockets 52–30
1991–92 Nelson, DonDon Nelson^[a]  United States Golden State Warriors 55–27
1992–93 Riley, PatPat Riley*[a]  United States New York Knicks 60–22
1993–94 Wilkens, LennyLenny Wilkens*[a]  United States Atlanta Hawks 57–25
1994–95 Harris, DelDel Harris  United States Los Angeles Lakers 48–34
1995–96 Jackson, PhilPhil Jackson*^[a]  United States Chicago Bulls 72–10
1996–97 Riley, PatPat Riley*[a]  United States Miami Heat 61–21
1997–98 Bird, LarryLarry Bird  United States Indiana Pacers 58–24
1998–99 Dunleavy, MikeMike Dunleavy^  United States Portland Trail Blazers 35–15
1999–00 Rivers, DocDoc Rivers^  United States Orlando Magic 41–41
2000–01 Brown, LarryLarry Brown*^  United States Philadelphia 76ers 56–26
2001–02 Carlisle, RickRick Carlisle^  United States Detroit Pistons 50–32
2002–03 Popovich, GreggGregg Popovich^  United States San Antonio Spurs 60–22
2003–04 Brown, HubieHubie Brown  United States Memphis Grizzlies 50–32
2004–05 D'Antoni, MikeMike D'Antoni^  United States[b] Phoenix Suns 62–20
2005–06 Johnson, AveryAvery Johnson  United States Dallas Mavericks 60–22
2006–07 Mitchell, SamSam Mitchell  United States Toronto Raptors 47–35
2007–08 Scott, ByronByron Scott  United States New Orleans Hornets 56–26
2008–09 Brown, MikeMike Brown^  United States Cleveland Cavaliers 66–16



  1. ^ "Dallas’ Avery Johnson Named 2005-06 NBA Coach of the Year". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 28, 2006. Retrieved July 12, 2008.  
  2. ^ "Step-by-step approach has earned Cavs' Brown Coach of Year". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. April 20, 2009. Retrieved April 20, 2009.  
  3. ^ "Heat coach Pat Riley among 2008 Basketball Hall of Fame class". ESPN. April 7, 2008. Retrieved July 12, 2008.  
  4. ^ "Johnny "Red" Kerr Bio". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved July 15, 2008.  
  5. ^ "Top 10 Coaches in NBA History". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved July 12, 2008.  
  6. ^ "Mike D'Antoni". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved August 17, 2008.  

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