The Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year Award, named in honor of Goldberg, the group’s late president, polls the 30 NBA head coaches and mandates that no individual can vote for himself.
Budenholzer led the Bucks to 60 victories and the league’s best record in his first season with Milwaukee.
Among his competitors also receiving votes were Brooklyn’s Kenny Atkinson, Denver’s Michael Malone, Indiana’s Nate McMillan, San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich, the Clippers’ Doc Rivers, Utah’s Quin Snyder and Portland’s Terry Stotts, sources said.
Budenholzer won the Red Auerbach Trophy as the NBA’s Coach of the Year in 2015, which is selected by the media. He helped the Atlanta Hawks win 60 games that season.
In the two previous years of voting, Dwane Casey won in 2018 and Mike D’Antoni and Erik Spoelstra were co-winners in 2017’s inaugural vote.