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Woj: Thunder’s Mark Daigneault is NBCA’s NBA Coach of the Yr After Incomes Prime Seed

zach bachar Contributor I April 15, 2024 Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Mark Daigneault was voted as the Coach of the Year by the National Basketball Coaches Association, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Monday. Daigneault helped guide the Thunder to a record of 57-25 during the 2023-24 regular season, good enough for

Woj: Thunder’s Mark Daigneault is NBCA’s NBA Coach of the Yr After Incomes Prime Seed

zach bacharContributor IApril 15, 2024

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - APRIL 07: Head coach Mark Daigneault of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks on during their game against the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center on April 07, 2024 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

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Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder head coach Mark Daigneault was voted because the Coach of the Yr by the Nationwide Basketball Coaches Affiliation, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Monday.

Daigneault helped information the Thunder to a file of 57-25 throughout the 2023-24 common season, adequate for the No. 1 seed within the Western Convention. Oklahoma Metropolis has elevated its profitable share in every of the previous three years underneath the previous assistant coach.

Wojnarowski revealed that different coaches to obtain votes had been the Cleveland Cavaliers’ J.B. Bickerstaff, the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Chris Finch, the Boston Celtics’ Joe Mazzulla, and the Orlando Magic’s Jamahl Mosley.

Daigneault was employed as the pinnacle coach of the Thunder in 2020, though he is been part of the group since 2014. He began off as the pinnacle coach of the crew’s G League affiliate, the Oklahoma Metropolis Blue, earlier than he moved to the NBA.

He is been capable of develop a Thunder crew that has excelled on each ends of the court docket, proudly owning the second-best internet ranking within the affiliation behind the 64-win Celtics (by way of NBA.com). Oklahoma Metropolis has remained profitable regardless of proudly owning one of many league’s youngest rosters, as all 5 of the crew’s high scorers are youthful than 26 years outdated.

The Thunder have been led by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who has blossomed into one of many NBA’s high gamers underneath Daigneault. Gilgeous-Alexander wrapped up his second consecutive 12 months averaging no less than 30 factors per recreation, scoring 30.1 factors every evening on 53.5/35.3/87.4 taking pictures splits.

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23-year-old ahead Jalen Williams improved throughout the board throughout his sophomore marketing campaign, whereas 7’1″ middle Chet Holmgren averaged 16.5 factors and a pair of.3 blocks per recreation throughout his stellar rookie season.

The Thunder have established themselves as one of many league’s high groups, which is much more spectacular contemplating how vivid the longer term nonetheless is for a number of key contributors. Underneath Daigneault, Oklahoma Metropolis ought to stay a constant playoff contender for the foreseeable future.

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