Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams has won the Coach of the Year award, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports.
The Suns won a League-high 64 games this season, a franchise-high win total for Phoenix, and the first time they won 60+ games since 2006-07, when Steve Nash was commanding the team as a two-time MVP of the Seven Seconds or Less Suns. Williams is only the third coach from Phoenix to win the award, joining Mike D’Antoni (2004-05) and Cotton Fitzsimmons (1988-89).
Phoenix was fifth in the NBA in offensive rating (114.2), third in defensive rating (106.8), and first in net rating (7.5). Under Williams, the Suns have a 149-78 record through three seasons (65.6 winning percentage), with one Western Conference championship under their belt from last season.
Williams was a finalist alongside Taylor Jenkins from the Grizzlies and Erik Spoelstra from the Heat. Williams and the Suns are currently tied 2-2 in the Western Conference Semifinals matchup against the Dallas Mavericks, with Game 5 scheduled for tomorrow.