Steve Kerr Named 2016 NBA Coach of the Year

Steve Kerr

Despite missing the first 43 games of the season, Steve Kerr (of the Golden State Warriors) has been named the NBA's Coach of the Year for the 2015-16 season.

Kerr had to sit out the first part of the season, as he recovered from offseason back surgery, with interim coach Luke Walton posting a record of 39-4 in his absence.

He ultimately won the balloting, due to both his coaching and role in building the culture that put the Warriors on a path for a record-setting 73 wins.

Kerr received 64 first-place votes and 381 points in balloting, beating out Portland's Terry Stotts (second with 335 points) and Spurs' Gregg Popovich (third with 166 points). Walton tied for eighth with 5 points.

Last year, Kerr finished second in Coach of the Year balloting behind Atlanta's Mike Budenholzer last season.