After a stellar regular season for the Phoenix Suns, head coach Monty Williams received some much-deserved praise.
On Tuesday afternoon, it was announced that Williams had been voted the National Basketball Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year. The NBCA Coach of the Year Award is given annually and is voted on by all 30 coaches in the NBA.
Other coaches to receive votes this year were Scott Brooks, Michael Malone, Nate McMillan, Doc Rivers, Quin Snyder and Tom Thibodeau.
In 2020, Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer and then Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan were co-winners of the award.
The Suns 2020-21 season was one of the best in franchise history. Phoenix finished their regular season with a 52-21 record, clinching the second seed in the Western Conference.
The Suns 51 wins—in a shortened regular season—are the most for the franchise since the 2009-10 season where they won 54 games. The Suns .708 winning percentage is the highest mark for the team since the 2006-07 season, where the Suns went 61-21, good for a winning percentage of .744.
The Suns will play in their first playoff game since 2010 this Sunday against the winner of the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors play-in series.