Congratulations to George Karl on being named the 2012-13 NBA Coach of the Year (per NBA.com). Karl took home the Red Auerbach Trophy in this, his 25th season as a head coach, after leading the Denver Nuggets to an NBA franchise-best record of 57-25 and the No. 3 seed in a crowded Western Conference.
Karl's accomplishment is rendered even more remarkable by his recent bout with cancer and by the fact that he currently sits sixth on the NBA's all-time wins list.
(Sure, you can criticize Karl for overseeing the Nuggets' ninth first-round exit in 10 seasons, but this award is a referendum on regular-season success.)
That Karl managed to rise above a loaded field of worthy competitors—and quite handily, at that—is an achievement in itself. Karl finished with 404 ballot points, well ahead of Erik Spoelstra's second-place tally of 190.
As with any major end-of-season award, there's always room for nitpicking and second-guessing.
Not that we're above or immune to such musings. If anything, this year's COY voting is cause for a debate about snubs that, while ultimately meaningless, is a lively and entertaining one nonetheless. With that in mind, let's have a look at which of the NBA's top sideline stalkers got the rawest deals of all from the league's consortium of writers and broadcasters as far as vote tallies, ballot points and relative finishes are concerned.