In what was essentially a formality, the NBA named Frank Vogel as the NBA’s Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for November 2013. The Pacers had the best record in the NBA and — by far — the best record in the East so it was quite obvious he was going to get this new addition for his mantle.
Terry Stotts of the Portland Trail Blazers — one of two teams to beat Indiana (though not in November) — won Western Conference honors.
Vogel led Indiana to a 15-1 (.938) mark as the Pacers started the season 9-0 — the best start in franchise history and tied for the team’s longest NBA winning streak. The Pacers also went undefeated at home with a 9-0 record — the best home mark to start the season in franchise history. Indiana ranked first in the NBA in points allowed (85.6 ppg) and opponent field goal percentage (38.7). The Pacers also led the league in blocked shots (121) and outscored their opponents by an NBA-best 11.4 ppg.
It’s a nice little accolade for the coach, but I’m sure he has his eyes set on a title. Then again, I bet he wouldn’t mind getting the full-year version of this trophy at the end of the season either.