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Mike Budenholzer named NBA Coach of the Year

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Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer has been rewarded for his team's success by being named as the NBA's Coach of the Year.

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Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer has been named as the NBA's Coach of the Year for the 2015 season. The Hawks came out of nowhere to win 60 games and ran away with the Eastern Conference.

Budenholzer finishes 42 points ahead of Golden State's Steve Kerr who was second. Milwaukee's Jason Kidd finished third in his first year with the Bucks. Budenholzer received 67 first place votes.

Budenholzer is currently in his second season in Atlanta and has amassed a 98-66 record over that span. Atlanta forced top seeded Indiana to seven games before falling in the first round of the Playoffs last season. The Hawks took a 1-0 lead in the first round this season with a win over the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday.

Budenholzer is the first Hawks coach to win the award since Lenny Wilkens in 1994. He is the first individual award winner for the team since Jamal Crawford was named Sixth Man of the Year in 2010.