Proving Why George Karl Deserved to Win NBA Coach of the Year

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Proving Why George Karl Deserved to Win NBA Coach of the Year
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Denver Nuggets fans may not be happy about another first-round exit from George Karl, but the veteran coach undoubtedly deserved to win 2013 NBA Coach of the Year.

After a decent 34-22 start to the season, the Nuggets finished the year 23-3 to give Denver a franchise-record 57 wins. 

Furthermore, the Nuggets accomplished this without a superstar or one specific go-to person. They had nine players averaging at least eight points per game and dished out a third-best 24.4 assists. 

Other coaches deserve recognition as well. Erik Spoelstra made the most dominant team in the NBA even better. Mike Woodson improved his Knicks team to second-best in the East. Mark Jackson revived the Bay Area and got the Warriors back to the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

Nevertheless, Karl took an average team and reached new heights. Denver was the fourth-youngest team in the league (via HispanosNBA.com), and the veteran head coach had them beating the toughest teams from November until April.

Here's why Karl deserved the honor.

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