As we reach the All-Star break for the 2013-14 NBA season, several coaches have shown why they deserve to be in contention for the Coach of the Year Award.
Keep in mind that the honor is not necessarily awarded to the best coach in the NBA, but rather, to a coach who has surpassed expectations set before the season by establishing a new culture or system.
Such coaches must show poise and command respect from their players. And most importantly, their teams must be winning.
Without further ado, here are the top candidates for the most prestigious award for NBA coaches.