NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski announced via his sources on Monday morning that Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Bill Donovan has been voted as the 2020 co-coach of the year by his peers. He tied with Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer.
The NBA’s 30 head coaches vote on the award, and it is one that is much deserved by Coach Donovan. Just months after losing superstars Russell Westbrook and Paul George, Donovan dealt with the struggles of a near brand new squad to start the 2019-20 season.
It didn’t take long, however, as OKC got into a groove around Thanksgiving, and Donovan was able to guide the Thunder to a record that was on pace to break the 50-win mark, one that has not been reached since Kevin Durant’s departure in the summer of 2016.
The Thunder’s season has largely been considered a success after they were given almost no chance of making the playoffs. With a spot already confirmed, OKC is working towards a top seed, and it is believed that they could not only make it out of the first round, but maybe even make it to the Western Conference Finals or beyond.
While Donovan is undoubtedly honored to receive the award, there is no doubt that this will not derail his attention nor the attention of the team as they look to continue their impressive season and finish out the rest of their bubble seeding games on a high note.