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NBA Coach of the Year: Odds, winners, trophy, when is it awarded?

All you need to know about the NBA's Coach of the Year Award, including the latest odds, past winners, when the award is announced, and more.

Who won 2023/24 NBA Coach of the Year?

Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Mark Daigneault won the Coach of the Year Award for the 2023/24 NBA season thanks to guiding his team to the top seed in the Western Conference with a 57-25 record.

With an average age of 23.4 years, the Thunder were the second youngest team in the NBA. Thunder point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander turned into an MVP finalist this season under Daigneault, and rookie center Chet Holmgren finished second in the league in total blocks and fifth in blocks per game.

Under Daigneault's guidance, the team finished in the top five in points per game (120.1, third in NBA), three-point percentage (38.9 percent, first in NBA), steals (8.5 per game, first in NBA), blocks (6.6 per game, first in NBA), free throw percentage (82.5 percent, fourth in NBA), and turnovers forced per game (15.7, first in NBA). They also had the league's second-best net rating, outscoring opponents by 7.4 points per 100 possessions.

NBA Coach of the Year Winners 

Season

Coach

Team

2023-24

Mark Daigneault

Oklahoma City Thunder

2022-23

Mike Brown

Sacramento Kings

2021-22

Monty Williams

Phoenix Suns

2020-21

Tom Thibodeau

New York Knicks

2019-20

Nick Nurse

Toronto Raptors

2018-19

Mike Budenholzer

Milwaukee Bucks

2017-18

Dwane Casey

Toronto Raptors

2016-17

Mike D'Antoni

Houston Rockets

2015-16

Steve Kerr

Golden State Warriors

2014-15

Mike Budenholzer

Atlanta Hawks

2013-14

Gregg Popovich

San Antonio Spurs

2012-13

George Karl

Denver Nuggets

2011-12

Gregg Popovich

San Antonio Spurs

2010-11

Tom Thibodeau

Chicago Bulls

2009-10

Scott Brooks

Oklahoma City Thunder

2008-09

Mike Brown

Cleveland Cavaliers

2007-08

Byron Scott

New Orleans Hornets

2006-07

Sam Mitchell

Toronto Raptors

2005-06

Avery Johnson

Dallas Mavericks

2004-05

Mike D'Antoni

Phoenix Suns

2003-04

Hubie Brown

Memphis Grizzlies

2002-03

Gregg Popovich

San Antonio Spurs

2001-02

Rick Carlisle

Detroit Pistons

2000-01

Larry Brown

Philadelphia 76ers

1999-00

Doc Rivers

Orlando Magic

1998-99

Mike Dunleavy

Portland Trail Blazers

1997-98

Larry Bird

Indiana Pacers

1996-97

Pat Riley

Miami Heat

1995-96

Phil Jackson

Chicago Bulls

1994-95

Del Harris

Los Angeles Lakers

1993-94

Lenny Wilkens

Atlanta Hawks

1992-93

Pat Riley

New York Knicks

1991-92

Don Nelson

Golden State Warriors

1990-91

Don Chaney

Houston Rockets

1989-90

Pat Riley

Los Angeles Lakers

1988-89

Cotton Fitzsimmons

Phoenix Suns

1987-88

Doug Moe

Denver Nuggets

1986-87

Mike Schuler

Portland Trail Blazers

1985-86

Mike Fratello

Atlanta Hawks

1984-85

Don Nelson

Milwaukee Bucks

1983-84

Frank Layden

Utah Jazz

1982-83

Don Nelson

Milwaukee Bucks

1981-82

Gene Shue

Washington Bullets

1980-81

Jack McKinney

Indiana Pacers

1979-80

Bill Fitch

Boston Celtics

1978-79

Cotton Fitzsimmons

Kansas City Kings

1977-78

Hubie Brown

Atlanta Hawks

1976-77

Tom Nissalke

Houston Rockets

1975-76

Bill Fitch

Cleveland Cavaliers

1974-75

Phil Johnson

Kansas City-Omaha Kings

1973-74

Ray Scott

Detroit Pistons

1972-73

Tom Heinsohn

Boston Celtics

1971-72

Bill Sharman

Los Angeles Lakers

1970-71

Dick Motta

Chicago Bulls

1969-70

Red Holzman

New York Knicks

1968-69

Gene Shue

Baltimore Bullets

1967-68

Richie Guerin

St. Louis Hawks

1966-67

Red Kerr

Chicago Bulls

1965-66

Dolph Schayes

Philadelphia 76ers

1964-65

Red Auerbach

Boston Celtics

1963-64

Alex Hannum

San Francisco Warriors

1962-63

Harry Gallatin

St. Louis Hawks

When is NBA Coach of the Year announced?

The NBA Coach of the Year award is typically announced during the NBA Playoffs. In 2024, the announcement that Oklahoma City Thunder coach Mark Daigneault won the award came on April 28. 

Who votes on the NBA Coach of the Year?

The award is voted on by a panel of sportswriters from the United States and Canada. Each panel member places a vote for their first, second, and third place selections. A first place vote is worth five points, second place worth three, and third place worth one. The coach who finishes with the highest point total is the winner of the award.

NBA Coach of the Year trophy 

The NBA Coach of the Year trophy is known as the Red Auerbach Trophy. It is named after the legendary Boston Celtics coach who won nine NBA championships from 1956 to 1966.

The trophy features a bronze sculpture of Auerbach sitting on a bench with a game plan in one hand and a cigar in the other.

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