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Collins finished second in Coach of the Year voting

Sixers coach Doug Collins finished second in the voting for NBA Coach of the Year.

Collins finished second in Coach of the Year voting

The Sixers finished 41-41 in the regular season under first-year head coach Doug Collins. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
The Sixers finished 41-41 in the regular season under first-year head coach Doug Collins. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Sixers coach Doug Collins finished second in the voting for NBA Coach of the Year.

Collins received 18 first-place votes, 31 seconds and 27 thirds for 210 points to finish well behind Chicago's Tom Thibodeau.

Thibodeau totaled 475 points, including 76 first-place votes, from a panel of 119 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. 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.

San Antonio's Gregg Poppovich was third with 177 points. 

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In his first season as a head coach, Thibodeau guided Chicago to a league-best 62-20 (.756) record, the most wins for a Chicago team since the 1997-98 Bulls also won 62. The 62 wins represented a 21-game improvement from the Bulls’ 41-41 campaign in 2009-10, marking the third-best single-season turnaround in franchise history. Chicago was one of two teams, along with Boston, in the NBA this year that did not lose more than two games in a row.

With 62 wins in his rookie campaign, Thibodeau joined Paul Westphal (62 in 1992-93) and Bill Russell (60 in 1966-67) as the only head coaches in NBA history who won 60 or more games in their first year as a head coach.


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