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Thunder’s Billy Donovan named NBCA co-coach of the year

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Oklahoma City’s head coach is well respected among the NBA head coaching circles

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Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan is well respected among his peers in the NBA.

He’s so respected that he, along with Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer, was named the co-recipient of National Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year award.

The NBCA coaching award is voted on by all 30 NBA head coaches, with each coach having a single vote.

This is not the NBA’s Coach of the Year award, which is voted by members of the media.

Donovan was due some recognition for his work this season with the Thunder. The team is currently fighting for a top-four seed in the Western Conference. While the chances of Donovan winning the actual Coach of the Year award are probably slim, it is nice to see that Billy’s work this season is well respected among his peers.

Donovan entered the season sitting on a lukewarm seat as three straight first-round exits with the latter two coming off of underachieving seasons have resulted in many questioning Billy’s future with the team.

Donovan is coaching on the final year of his current deal with the team and will most likely negotiate an extension with the franchise this offseason.