As expected, Nick Nurse was announced as the winner of the 2020 NBA Coach of the Year award on Saturday, with Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel again finishing as a runner-up for yet another version of the accolade.
Vogel placed fifth in the final voting tally, behind Nurse, Mike Budenholzer, Billy Donovan and Erik Spoelstra, respectively:
Lakers coach Frank Vogel got zero first place votes from the media but did get 6 second place ones and 18 third place votes for finish fifth.— Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) August 22, 2020
Full breakdown: pic.twitter.com/9ZfHhOFcD6
But while Vogel surely cares more about helping the Lakers win a championship than any meaningless end-of-season awards, we do have some good news for him, because today, Silver Screen and Roll is pleased to announce a new award: The Los Angeles NBA Coach of the Year, awarded to the coach of the NBA team in Los Angeles with the most points in the COTY vote at the end of the year.
If we look at the tally above, we can see who the clear winner is: Vogel, who finished with 36 points compared to 5 for LA Clippers head coach Doc Rivers. Congrats, Frank! We made this for you to celebrate your achievement:
Again, congratulations to Vogel, officially the best NBA coach in the city of Los Angeles. From guiding a Lakers team no one would have predicted would be a top defense in the league to be exactly that, to getting the most out of role players like Dwight Howard while leading the Lakers to the top record in the Western Conference, this is a deserved honor and bit of recognition for Vogel in his first year in Los Angeles.
Where he ranks among Lakers coaches when it’s all said and done won’t be known until we see if he wins a few rings in L.A., but no matter what, now he will always have this certificate of recognition.