by Ryne Nelson

Mike Brown ran away with the award, totaling 355 points, including 55 first-place votes. Coaches were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote. See how the scoring broke down in the table below.

Rick Adelman and Stan Van Gundy finished in second- and third-place, respectively, in a tight 151-, 150-point battle. Erik Spoelstra, interestingly received the second-most third place votes, but finished seventh overall due to the one-point value assigned to third-place selections. Phil Jackson, despite guiding the Lakers to the Western Conference’s best record (by far), received just one first-place vote. Greatness is expected of Jackson, but he’s only received the COY once in his career (1996).

Times have changed in Boston as Doc Rivers, last season’s Coach of the Year runner up, finished 10th this season, despite a 62-20 record and a sidelined Kevin Garnett for over 30 percent of the season.

’08-09 NBA COACH OF THE YEAR RESULTS
CoachTeam1st2nd3rdPts
Mike BrownCleveland552117355
Rick AdelmanHouston132414151
Stan Van GundyOrlando132025150
Nate McMillanPortland151410127
George KarlDenver111614117
Jerry SloanUtah99678
Erik SpoelstraMiami281953
Mike WoodsonAtlanta13317
Phil JacksonL.A. Lakers13417
Doc RiversBoston12415