Avery Johnson wins 2005-06 NBA Coach of Year
Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson has been named the winner of the Red Auerbach Trophy as the NBA Coach of the Year for the 2005-06 season, the NBA announced today.
In his first full season as the Mavericks head coach, Johnson received 419
points, including 63 first-place votes, from a panel of 124 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 received. The
2004-05 Coach of the Year Mike DíAntoni of the Phoenix Suns was second with
247 points (27 first-place votes) and the Detroit Pistonsí Flip Saunders
was third with 223 points (18 first-place votes).
Johnson, the first coach in Mavericks history to receive the honor, led the
Mavericks to a 60-22 (.732) record, the third-best mark in the league and
tied for the best season in franchise history. Johnson, named head coach on
March 19, 2005, was the fastest coach to 50 wins (50-12) and recorded the
best start by a first-time coach in league history, winning 66 of his first
82 games. Johnson led the Mavericks to a 34-7 mark at home, tied with the
San Antonio Spurs for the best home record in the Western Conference.
Johnsonís focus on defense guided the Mavericks to the third-best point
differential in the league, as they posted 99.1 points per game while
holding opponents to a franchise-low 93.1 points. This year marked only the
seventh time in the franchiseís 26 years that the Mavericks held opponents
under 100 points per game. After being outrebounded last season, they
tallied 3.9 more rebounds per game than their opponents this season (3rd
best in the league), pulling down 42.2 boards per game and holding
opponents to 38.3.
After retiring as a player on Oct. 28, 2004, Johnson began the 2004-05
season as an assistant coach with the Mavericks. In 16 NBA seasons, Johnson
played 1,054 games and averaged 8.4 points, 5.5 assists, 1.7 rebounds and
25.3 minutes. Johnson spent the majority of his playing career in San
Antonio (1992-2001), where he was part of the 1999 NBA Championship team
and remains their all-time leader in assists.
The NBA Coach of the Year Award is named after legendary coach and Hall of
Famer Red Auerbach who guided the Celtics to nine NBA Championships. In
1996, Auerbach was honored as one of the Top 10 Coaches in NBA History as
the NBA celebrated its 50th anniversary.