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Who do you guys think is the coach of the year?

I toss my hat with Nate McMillian. Yes, I know he's the hometown coach for me, but let's face it, he's done a masterful job with pieces that were projected to be last place in the NW division. Even when the team was doing well, people thought they were going to drop. And now, with a host of injuries to important players, he's still winning. Something like a 8-1 record in the past 9 games.

I think other coaches, like a Mike D'Antoni who have several players that are stars (granted he had no bench at the beginning of the season) and Stan Van Gundy (he has Shaq AND Wade!) have coached well, but their pre-season predictions were much better than what Seattle was supposed to do this year.

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Because he's not a high profile coach, I doubt he'll win, but the coach of the year should be Eddie Jordan, he has completely turned the Washington franchise around.

Also, give reckognition to George Karl. His coaching in Denver, though short, has been invalueble.
 

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I don't think George Karl could win it. I don't think they would give it to a coach who hasn't coached the entire season. Look at Lawrence Frank last season. He turned the Nets around, but wasn't even a top pick for coach of the year.

I think it should go to Nate McMillan, simply because everyone expected them to be one of the worst teams in the L, but they're surprised everybody and won their division.
 

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Wouldn't it is poetic to have Karl coach the #8 seeded Nuggets to a win in the first round against the Suns in the West Conference playoffs??

I doubt it happens since the Nuggets just could not match up down low with Marion and Stoudemire, not to mention the Suns outside shooting, but still it would kinda cool.

Until the Grizzlies started doing a major fade as of late, I would have said that Fratello deserves some consideration.

McMillan and D'antoni should the the top vote-getters, and Skiles too.
 

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Nate McMillian was the first name to come to mind for me. He's done the most with the least, IMO. Everyone expected the Sonics to fall-off after a month or two but it never happened.

D'Antoni could also win it.
 

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Nate McMillan...what he did as a lame duck coach is incredible with virtually no roster upgrades
 

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scott skiles deserves to be coach of the year, the sonics werent predicted to be that great but they have a superstar on the team already and rashard lewis was already a borderline all-star calibr player before the season even started. The bulls started 0-9 and are now fighting for the 4th playoff spot in the east, while having no all stars on the team. He uses everone on the roster and squeezes as much production as he can out of each and every guy.
 

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i give the nod to Mcmillan...had the raps made the playoffs i wouldve said Mitchell but they arent so i wont....but yah Mcmillan has not had any massive roster addition he had the same squad as last year....and he made them an amazing team....D'Antoni got QRIch and Nash, and SVG got the big aristotle...but Mcmillan has been terrific he should definately get it...
 

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D'Antoni, McMillan, Skiles, and Jordan should be the only ones getting real consideration given the talent level they have and records (and dealing with injuries in Jordan and McMillens case).

A strong (and valid) argument can be made for each coach.

Since voters seem to look at team improvement moreso than the coaches actual on court performance, lets look at team improvement:

2003-2004 record
Chicago 23-59 .280
Phoenix 29-53 .354
Seattle 37-45 .451
Washington 25-57 .305

2004-2005 record
Chicago 38-31 .551 (+.271)
Phoenix 53-17 .757 (+.303)
Seattle 49-21 .700 (+.249)
Washington 39-30 .565 (+.260)

Given with what they have had to work with, I'd rank the coaches:
#1 Skiles
#2 Jordan
#3 McMillan
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#4 D'Antoni

Not much difference between #1-3, but I think there is a significant dropoff after these top 3. If fact, I think Skiles and Jordan are about tied, but will rank Skiles #1 due to my Bulls bias :biggrin:

I definately think GM of the year should go to Phoenix this year though by who they brought it and how they have transferred from a non playoff team into an elite one in just one season.
 

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George Karl who is doing a phenominal job in Denver, or Rick Carlisle, who has kept the Pacers a playoff team with Artest, O'neal, Tinsley, Jackson, Miller, Foster, Bender, Harrison, and Pollard missing significant time, over 20 starting lineups, including one that included John Edwards and Britton Johnsen at one point.
 

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PacersguyUSA said:
George Karl who is doing a phenominal job in Denver, or Rick Carlisle, who has kept the Pacers a playoff team with Artest, O'neal, Tinsley, Jackson, Miller, Foster, Bender, Harrison, and Pollard missing significant time, over 20 starting lineups, including one that included John Edwards and Britton Johnsen at one point.
Carlisle has done a tremendous job, but I don't see him getting any awards after the brawl. I'm not saying it's right, but voters could use the argument that he should have kept his players in line. Most, I think, will just overlook him due to this fact and other worthy candidates.
 

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McMillian should win it. Considering he's kept that team playing at high level when the team has 6 free agents (I believe it's 6) is amazing
 

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McMillian should win it. Considering he's kept that team playing at high level when the team has 6 free agents (I believe it's 6) is amazing
I thought the argument worked the other way around, and players play better in their contract year

And yes, he has done a very nice job.
 

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I thought the argument worked the other way around, and players play better in their contract year

And yes, he has done a very nice job.
When you have multiple FA's from my recollection things fall apart as players try to push their stats higher while not necessarily doing what's best for team.

Definitely, if you only have one or two it can be a benefit as players work their butts off
 

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When you have multiple FA's from my recollection things fall apart as players try to push their stats higher while not necessarily doing what's best for team.

Definitely, if you only have one or two it can be a benefit as players work their butts off
Good point.

The thing about Seattle, is that their rebounding and frontcourt defense is what is carrying them and has gone relatively unnoticed by most of the league. In the media, it's always Seattle is a good 3-pt shooting team. Nothing more, nothing less usually.
 

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He turned one of the worst defensive teams in the NBA into one of the top defensive teams in the league. He transformed a losing culture into a winning one. He did not lose the confidence of his players after an 0-9 start.
 

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Karl is amazing but has come too late.
Nate is amazing, yet has two allstars on his team.

My choice: Scott Skiles because of the huge turnaround.
 
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