Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams was named NBA coach of the yr on Monday after guiding the Arizona by means of a league-leading 64-win marketing campaign.
The NBA mentioned in an announcement Williams received the nod for the Crimson Auerbach Trophy after beating out Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins and Miami Warmth boss Erik Spoelstra.
It’s the first time the 50-year-old Williams has obtained the award.
He’s the third Phoenix coach to win coach of the yr after Cotton Fitzsimmons (1988-89) and Mike D’Antoni (2004-05).
In a preferential poll of 100 sports activities journalists and broadcasters, Williams obtained 458 factors after receiving 81 first place votes.
Memphis head coach Jenkins completed in second place with 270 factors (17 first-place votes) whereas Miami’s Spoelstra completed in third place with 72 factors (one first-place vote).
Coaches had been awarded 5 factors for every first-place vote, three factors for every second-place vote and one level for every third-place vote.
The Suns have loved a change in fortunes underneath Williams, who took over in 2019 after a season as an assistant on the Philadelphia 76ers.
After lacking out on the postseason in his first season in cost with a 34-39 report, he led Phoenix to the NBA Finals in 2020-2021 after a 51-21 report.
This yr Phoenix completed prime of the Western Convention with a 64-18 — the perfect report within the NBA, and the best successful proportion (.780) in franchise historical past.
High seeds Phoenix are at the moment locked in a good playoff sequence in opposition to the Dallas Mavericks, stage at 2-2 within the best-of-seven sequence.