Monday, Mike Budenholzer became the fourth Atlanta Hawks head coach (after Lenny Wilkens, Mike Fratello, and Hubie Brown) to win NBA Coach of the Year. While Budenholzer served as coach and senior executive of basketball operations, the Hawks set a franchise record this season with a 19-game winning streak.
Though he started out in the league as a video coordinator, Budenholzer had a long history of success as an assistant coach, winning four NBA Championships with the Spurs. Since taking over the Hawks in 2013, Budenholzer has led Atlanta to two straight playoff appearances — this time with a number-one seed.
Budenholzer beat out Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors (second) and Jason Kidd of the Milwaukee Bucks (third) for the award.