Yearly, there was a team who are surprisingly in the conversation as a contender, or maybe improving wins. Some of them entered the playoffs, because of new star on their team. But most of the time the credits goes to a coach and every year they perfectly executed the weapons that they had.
Like this year the Sacramento Kings is surprisingly awesome.500 team and narrowly making into the playoffs, of course the Denver Nuggets who is a second seeded to the West, or the San Antonio Spurs who needs two wins away to secure the 22nd straight year playoffs appearance.
These are the coach who will likely win the Coach of the Year Award.
Nick Nurse, Toronto Raptors (51-23 second in Eastern Conference)
Rookie coach who just replaced Dwayne Casey who was fired before he received his Coach of the Year award. Toronto Raptors started hot in October, led by Kyle Lowry and even their main man was out in all but 20 games this year they still manage to win without him. He set to turned Paskal Siakam as a dangerous weapon, with quality supporting role.
Kenny Atkinson, Brooklyn Nets (38-36 Seventh in Eastern Conference)
The curse of Billy King is over, yes the Nets are likely to make a playoff this year. They are young and dangerous, D’Angelo Russel who made his first All Star this year had a breakout season. Spencer Dinwiddie had sign an extension, Caris Levert will be a future wing, and Jarret Allen will challenge anybody at the rim. Joe Harris can dribble and drive, also a three point champion. Rodions Kurucs was a steal, all of this is from a guidance of Kenny Atkinson, at his second season they learn a lot from previous season.
Mike Buldenhozer, Milwaukee Bucks (55-19 First in Eastern Conference, Best in the league)
On his first season, he had another best record with the Bucks, he turned Giannis Antetokounmpo into an MVP, without a three point shot. First in the league in scoring and third in field goal percentage. A good coaching in which the Greek Freak was surrounded by a shooters.
Mike Malone, Denver Nuggets (49-23 Second in Western Conference)
The last time Denver Nuggets played in playoffs is in 2014 and upset by the upcoming Golden State Warriors in first round. They change the coaching staff, fired George Karl and Brian Shaw and brought in Mike Malone. Last year they almost make a playoffs but lost to Minnesota Timberwolves in overtime. Now a healthy Paul Millsap and improved Jammal Murray, and the current best passing center Nikola Jokic they are now surprisingly second seeded in crowded West.
Doc Rivers, Los Angeles Clippers (44-30 Fifth in Western Conference)
Traded the best player on trade deadline, to create cap space in next year free agency and still winning that’s awesome. Led by Lou Williams who will like win another Sixth Man of the Year, I don’t know who Rivers did it. Just Wow.
Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs (43-31 Eight in West)
Predicted to miss the playoffs this season, but still winning with G League players and with his old fashioned system. It’s enough reason you should vote for him to win his fourth Coach of the Year. Just the expectation alone, then Popovich will lock in for this award.