The National Basketball Coaches Association announced on Tuesday that Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams is the winner of its Coach of the Year Award.
The award named for late NBCA executive director Michael Goldberg is voted on by the NBA's 30 head coaches. Tom Thibodeau, Scott Brooks, Michael Malone, Nate McMillan, Doc Rivers and Quin Snyder also received votes. The NBCA didn't provide a complete breakdown of the voting. The NBA will announce the winner of its Coach of the Year award as voted on by media at a later date.
The Suns improved from 34-39 and a 10th-place finish in the West last season to 51-21 this season, good for the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs behind the top-seeded Utah Jazz.
Suns exceeded high expectations this season
Williams arrived in Phoenix in 2020, inheriting a team that finished 19-63 the year prior. Led by emerging young stars Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton, Phoenix qualified for the postseason play-in games in the NBA bubble last season.
The strong finish in the bubble and the offseason acquisition of Chris Paul led to high hopes for the Suns this season. But few predicted the ascension the Suns made in securing the league's second-best record while ranking in the top 10 in the league in offense (No. 7) and defense (No. 6).
“I hold the utmost respect and admiration for the coaches in this league, so to be recognized by my peers is an incredible honor," Williams said in a statement.
Williams, 49, has coached in the NBA since 2006 when he was an assistant with the Portland Trail Blazers. Phoenix marks his second stint as a head coach after he coached the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans from 2010-15.
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