The most intriguing award race in the NBA isn’t for MVP. It’s not for Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year or Sixth Man, either.
It’s for Coach of the Year.
The field is incredibly deep, and there are a handful of candidates who could end up going home with the hardware in June. But who will?
USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt, Martin Rogers, AJ Neuharth-Keusch and Matt Eppers make their picks for Coach of the Year in this NBA roundtable.
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Zillgitt: Mike Malone took Denver from 46 wins and ninth place in the Western Conference last season to likely 50-plus victories and a likely second-place finish this season. Nate McMillan has Indiana battling with Philadelphia for the East’s No. 3 seed even though he lost All-NBA…