The Golden State Warriors had some curveballs thrown their way in December. Stephen Curry and Draymond Green both missed a large number of games, and the team saw absences to key role players like Andre Iguodala, Omri Casspi, and Zaza Pachulia.
That didn’t slow them down, as they went 13-2 throughout the month, and finished the year with the best record in the NBA. And that earned Steve Kerr the distinction of Western Conference Coach of the Month.
The Warriors had the league’s best record in December, as well as the best net rating. They had the second-best defensive rating during the month (despite the Green absences), and the fifth-best offensive rating (despite the Curry absences).
So yeah. I’d say the award was well earned.
For Kerr, it’s the sixth time he’s earned the award, which is pretty spectacular since it’s only the 20th time the award has been given out during his tenure. That impressive figure is only more impressive when you remember that Kerr missed a few months with a back injury. While Kerr was out, though, Luke Walton picked up a Coach of the Month award as well.
In other words, the Warriors are really, really well coached.