Budenholzer named NBCA Coach of the Year

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Milwaukee's Mike Budenholzer has won this season's coach of the year award, presented by the National Basketball Coaches Association. Budenholzer led the Bucks to a league-best 60-22 record this season, leading Milwaukee to its best season in nearly 40 years.

“The Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year Award for the top NBA Coach as voted by his peers is one of the most meaningful in all of pro sports,” said Dallas Mavericks Head Coach and National Basketball Coaches Association President Rick Carlisle. “Mike Budenholzer, in his first year as Head Coach of the Bucks, led the franchise to the top record in the entire NBA. Congratulations to Bud on this prestigious recognition.”

Milwaukee was the only team in the league to rank in the top four in both offensive and defensive rating.

“It is an incredible honor to be recognized by your peers, and that makes this award truly special,” said Budenholzer. “Thank you to my colleagues across the NBA, and most importantly thank you to our players and staff in Milwaukee. The players’ and staff’s work this year has given our team and our fans a very special season."