Toronto Raptors’ Nick Nurse Named NBA’s Coach of the Year
Has there ever been a coach in the league to have a better start to an NBA career?
An NBA champion, the opportunity to coach in the NBA’s All-Star Game, and owning the highest winning percentage among all coaches in league history (72.1%). Now, Nick Nurse will also be known as the NBA’s Coach of the Year.
On Saturday afternoon, the league announced that the Toronto Raptors bench boss was named the 2019-20 NBA Coach of the Year. Nurse received 90 first-place votes from a global panel of 100 writers as well as 470 total votes to take home the hardware by a rather large margin. Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer and Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan came in second and third place, respectively.
Nick Nurse Resume
– 2019 NBA Champion
– Rockstar / Meme God
– 2020 @NBA Coach of the Year
We're proud of you, Nick!
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) August 22, 2020
Coach of the Year voting was based on the regular season played through March 11.
Along with Sam Mitchell and Dwane Casey, Nurse becomes the third coach in team history to win the prestigious award. Nurse was named the Coach of the Month in both October/November and January, and helped lead the Raptors on a franchise best 15-game win streak over the Winter.
The Raptors finished the season with a 46-18 record, good for the best winning percentage in team history and currently hold a 3-0 lead in their opening round playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets.