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Golden State Warriors' Steve Kerr named 2015-16 NBA Coach of the Year

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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has been named as the NBA's Coach of the Year, the league announced today.

Kerr receives the award on the back of a record-breaking year in which they won 73 games in the regular season, eclipsing the previous record set by the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls. 

The 50-year-old becomes the first Warriors coach to win the award since Don Nelson in the 1991-92 season and the third overall.

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In his second campaign as coach of the Dubs, Kerr received 64 first-place votes and 381 total points from a panel of 130 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.

Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts, who led his team to the playoffs despite losing four starting players last summer, including LaMarcus Aldridge, finished second with 37 first-place votes and 335 total points. 

Three-time winner Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs, who won a franchise-high 67 games and tied an NBA record of 40-1 at home, was third with 10 first-place votes and 166 total points.

Steve Kerr - Coach of the Year

There's no doubt, though, that Kerr was the deserving winner after a remarkable year for the franchise from Oakland.

Luke Walton, who took interim charge of the team at the beginning of the season after Kerr underwent back surgery, also deserves his fair share of credit as he masterminded the best ever start to a league campaign at 24-0. 

Under the guidance of both Kerr and Walton, Golden State became the best regular season team in NBA history.

Indiana Pacers v Golden State Warriors

Records

They set NBA records for single-season road victories (34) and consecutive home regular-season wins (54, including 18 victories to finish last season), and went 39-2 at Oracle Arena for the second year in a row.

Golden State also became the first team to go through a term without losing two games in a row or losing to the same team twice.

If that wasn't enough, they set the record for three-pointers, connecting on 1,077, which was part of an offence that posted the league’s highest scoring average (114.9 ppg) since the 1991-92 campaign.

Memphis Grizzlies v Golden State Warriors

The numbers speak for themselves and it is hard to argue that Kerr was the deserving recipient of the award despite competition in a year where many coaches excelled. 

Brad Stevens, Dwayne Casey, Steve Clifford, Erik Spoelstra and Dave Joerger are some of the names who also deserve some recognition for the work they have done with their respective teams.

Playoffs

For Golden State and Steve Kerr, their focus lies elsewhere at the moment as they prepare for game five of their first-round playoff series with the Houston Rockets at Oracle Arena on Wednesday, without MVP Stephen Curry. 

The point guard injured his right knee in the game four win in Houston and will be out for up to two weeks. 

This will be the first real adversity that the Dubs will have to overcome since Kerr took charge in 2014 as they have been very fortunate with health throughout his tenure. The newly named Coach of the Year will now have to enhance his credentials amid a major setback.

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