Portland Trail Blazers Head Coach Terry Stotts was named the Western Conference Coach of the Month on Monday. The award covered both October and November, during which Stotts led the Blazers to a stellar 13-3 record. This mark also included an 11-game win streak (fourth longest in franchise history). The Trail Blazers (15-3) are currently sitting at first in the Western Conference.
Stotts was joined by Frank Vogel of the Indiana Pacers, who received the award for the Eastern Conference. Vogel led his Pacers (who the Blazers defeated 106-102 yesterday) to a 15-1 record during October and November, and they are also currently in first in the Eastern Conference.
While Indiana has been known for its stingy defense (boasting the top defensive efficiency in the league), the Blazers’ calling card has been on the other side of the ball, where they are currently behind the Rockets for best offensive efficiency in the league. This is in large part due to Stotts’ work, as offensive stalwarts LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard, and Wesley Matthews are all averaging a career high in points per game.
To his credit, Vogel has helped with the development of Paul George, who, after last night’s 43-point performance, looks to be a bona-fide superstar in the making. Fourth-year shooting guard Lance Stephenson has also been an integral part of the Pacers’ start, and he appears to have made a large jump this year under Vogel’s tutelage.
Stotts is only the sixth Blazers coach ever to receive the honor, joining Nate McMillan, Mike Dunleavy, Rick Adelman, Jack Ramsey, and Mike Schuler. If the Blazers continue their winning ways, Stotts will most certainly be in the running for Coach of the Year as well.