LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Nick Nurse was announced as the winner of the N.B.A. Coach of the Year Award on Saturday after leading the defending champion Toronto Raptors to another 50-win season, this time without Kawhi Leonard.
Nurse, who has the Raptors on the verge of the second round of the playoffs, was a runaway winner, receiving 90 first-place votes from a panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters. He finished with 470 points. (The New York Times did not participate in voting.)
Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer was second after leading the Bucks to the best record in the suspended season, earning 147 points. Oklahoma City’s Billy Donovan (134) was third.
Toronto’s Nick Nurse beats out Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer and Oklahoma City’s Billy Donovan in media voting for NBA Coach of the Year … pic.twitter.com/nTvm9Amw8l
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) August 22, 2020
Nurse led Toronto to its first title last year in his rookie season, becoming the only coach to win an N.B.A. championship and a G League championship. He won titles in 2011 and 2013 at the N.B.A.’s minor league level.
Nurse has already nearly caught Casey for the Raptors’ record for playoff wins by going 19-8 over the last two seasons. Casey was 21-30.