Thunder's Scott Brooks Named NBA Coach of the Year
Brooks, Skiles and McMillan also finished 1-2-3 in FanHouse's Coach of the Year balloting.
The Thunder won 50 games this season after winning only 23 last season. Brooks took over in November 2008 after then-coach P.J. Carlesimo began the season losing 12 of 13 games. One of Brooks' first moves was to move Kevin Durant from shooting guard to small forward. He also gave then-rookie point guard Russell Westbrook an opportunity to start a few days into his tenure.
Brooks had been a finalist for two head coaching jobs in 2007. Sacramento, where Brooks served as the lead assistant under Eric Musselman in 2006-07, chose Reggie Theus over Brooks as Musselman's replacement. The Sonics hired Carlesimo to coach the team's final season in Seattle, and made Brooks his top assistant.
Mike Brown of Cleveland, last year's award winner, finished with just one third-place vote. No coach has ever won the award in back-to-back seasons.
Utah's Jerry Sloan, the league's longest-tenured head coach, finished fourth, having earned 10 of 123 first-place votes. Denver's George Karl, currently recovering from cancer treatment, received one first-place vote.
Only two coaches of regular season division champions received no vote in C.O.Y. balloting: Boston's Doc Rivers and Phil Jackson, the Lakers coach who holds the NBA record for league championships (10) as a coach.