Raptors’ Nick Nurse Wins 2019/20 NBA Coach Of The Year

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Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse gestures during Game 1 of the team's NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets, Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse has won the NBA Coach of the Year for the 2019/20 season.

Nurse, who led the Raptors to the NBA championship last season, received 90 of 100 first-place votes from a panel of media members.

He guided Toronto to a second-place finish in the Eastern Conference for a second straight season, despite the departure of NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard in free agency.

Nurse led the Raptors to a franchise-record 736 winning percentage during the regular season.

He was followed in the voting by Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer, last year’s winner, and Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan, who recently were named the co-winners of the National Basketball Coaches Association’s coach of the year award.

Nurse becomes the third Raptors coach to win the award, following Dwane Casey (2017/18) and Sam Mitchell (2006-07).

Nurse, 53, took a long, winding road to the NBA, spending several years coaching in England and the NBA’s G League before becoming an assistant with the Raptors in 2013, a job he held for five seasons before succeeding Casey in 2018.

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source: ESPN

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