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After orchestrating one of the most dramatic turnarounds in the league in years and ending a 16-year playoff absence, Sacramento Kings coach Mike Brown has been voted the National Basketball Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year, sources told ESPN on Thursday.

The award, named in honor of late NBCA executive director Michael H. Goldberg, is based on a vote of the league’s 30 head coaches and Brown’s victory ends a two-year run for Phoenix‘s Monty Williams.

The NBA will announce its Coach of the Year winner, an award based upon media voting, later in the playoffs.

Among the other coaches who received votes, sources said: Milwaukee‘s Mike Budenholzer, Oklahoma City‘s Mark Daigneault, Boston‘s Joe Mazzulla and New York‘s Tom Thibodeau. Each coach votes for one winner, and can’t vote for himself.

In his first season as Kings coach, Brown led the franchise back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2005-2006 season — ending the longest active playoff drought in North American professional sports. The Kings burst into the postseason with a 48-34 record and the Western Conference’s No. 3 seed.

Under Brown, the Kings engineered an historic offense. Sacramento averaged a 118.6 points per 100 possessions, the best offensive efficiency of any team since play-by-play was first tracked in the 1996-1997 season, according to ESPN Stats and Information. The Kings averaged 120.7 points, the most since the 1983-1984 Denver Nuggets.

Kings GM Monte McNair hired Brown to replace interim coach Alvin Gentry in May, and a franchise renaissance was soon underway.

Brown had spent the past six years and won three titles as an assistant coach under Steve Kerr. Brown had been the NBA’s coach of the year in 2008-2009 season, when he led the Cleveland Cavaliers to 66 regular season victories.

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Kings coach Mike Brown voted NBCA Coach of the Year