Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer was named NBA Coach of the Year on Tuesday, edging out Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr in a battle between coaches of No. 1 seeds.
Budenholzer led the Hawks to a 60-22 record–the best in franchise history–in just his second season with the team. Atlanta had the top record in the East and second-best record in the NBA.
The Hawks are often referred to as the “Spurs of the East” because Budenholzer is a Gregg Popovich product and Atlanta moves the ball so well. The Hawks finished second in the league in assist rate, sixth in offensive efficiency and seventh in defensive efficiency.
Budenholzer’s offense was given a lot of credit for producing all-stars in Kyle Korver, Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap and Al Horford.
Budenholzer received 67 out of 130 first-place votes. Kerr received 56 first-place votes, and Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd also received a first-place vote. Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens finished fourth in voting, while Popovich finished fifth. Budenholzer won the overall voting with 513 points to Kerr’s 471.