Spurs’ Gregg Popovich named 2013-14 Coach of the Year
The San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich is the recipient of the Red Auerbach Trophy as the 2013-14 NBA Coach of the Year, the NBA announced today.
Popovich tallied 59 first-place votes and 380 points in balloting among sportswriters and broadcasters, finishing just ahead of Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek, who had 339 points (37 first-place votes).
Popovich joins Don Nelson and Pat Riley as the only coaches to win NBA Coach of the Year three times.
Chicago’s Tom Thibodeau, Charlotte’s Steve Clifford and Toronto’s Dwane Casey round out the top five in votes.
The Spurs posted the league’s best record at 62-20 (.756), giving them homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs.
The Spurs were the only team to record 30-plus wins both at home (32-9, .780) and on the road (30-11, .732). San Antonio led the NBA in points per game differential at +7.8, having averaged 105.4 ppg while giving up just 97.6 ppg. (NBA.com)
The Popovich-ran Spurs this year featured no player who averaged 20-plus points, nor 30-plus minutes.
This is the 15th consecutive season that Popovich’s Spurs posted 50 or more wins, and the fourth time the Spurs have reached 60+ wins.
Tune into Spurs.com for Pop’s press conference today at 11.
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