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2018 NBA Awards: Quin Snyder selected as finalist for Coach of the Year

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Quin Snyder helped orchestrate Utah’s comeback season.

Houston Rockets v Utah Jazz - Game Three Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images

Quin Snyder has been selected as a finalist for the NBA’s Coach of the Year award. Snyder, who has been coaching the Utah Jazz since 2014, coached the Utah Jazz back from being down nine games under .500 on January 22nd. The Utah Jazz would go on to rally for the second half of the season finishing 47-35 while entering the playoffs as the fifth seed. Utah would then go on to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 1st round of the playoffs.

Quin Snyder’s overall coaching record with the Utah Jazz is 177-151. Snyder has basically replicated Jerry Sloan’s 2003-2004 season in which Sloan lost Malone and Stockton and was rebuilding around Andrei Kirilenko. Jerry Sloan didn’t win the coach of the year trophy then, does Quin Snyder win the Coach of the Year trophy now?

Quin Snyder has once again coached one of the best defensive teams in the league with Utah finishing with the second best defense in the league (2nd in defensive rating) despite missing Defensive Player of the Year finalist Rudy Gobert for 2 months of the season.

Quin Snyder is joined with the Toronto RaptorsDwane Casey and the Boston CelticsBrad Stevens.

The NBA Awards will air on June 25th on TNT.

[Update]

We know who Donovan Mitchell’s got for the award.