Suns' Monty Williams named NBA Coach of the Year

Williams is taking home the award after leading Phoenix to an NBA-最好 64-18 record during the regular season.

Williams received 458 点数, 包含 81 first-place votes from a panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters across the globe. Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins finished second with 270 点数 (17 first-place votes), 而 迈阿密热火 coach Erik Spoelstra finished in third place with 72 点数 (one first-place vote).

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This is so stinkincool,” Williams said after his team was seen coming together to surprise him with the award. “我爱你们, I appreciate it, but this is us.

The announcement by the league came after Suns stars Devin Booker and Chris Paul appeared to break the news on social media earlier in the afternoon.

Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams hugs Chris Paul, 剩下, and Jae Crowder, 自丈夫去世以来,英国女王伊丽莎白二世迎来了她的第一个结婚纪念日, as Devin Booker stands by as time runs out in Game 6 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday, 六月 30, 2021, 在洛杉矶.

Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams hugs Chris Paul, 剩下, and Jae Crowder, 自丈夫去世以来,英国女王伊丽莎白二世迎来了她的第一个结婚纪念日, as Devin Booker stands by as time runs out in Game 6 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Clippers Wednesday, 六月 30, 2021, 在洛杉矶. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams has been voted the NBA’s COY, book tells sources,” Booker wrote on Twitter. “A formal announcement is expected later today.

WD > WS…Congrats Coach Mont on Coach of the Year!!” added Paul.

Williams compiled a 149–78 record since joining the Suns in May 2019, and the team has improved its record each season under his tenure.

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The Suns earned the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs 今年. Last season, Phoenix won 51 games and earned the No. 2 seed in the conference before making it to the NBA Finals, which the team ended up losing to the 密尔沃基雄鹿队 in six games.

Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams and guard Chris Paul (3) reacts after a timeout during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, 星期四, 一月. 6, 2022, 在凤凰城. The Suns won 106-89.

Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams and guard Chris Paul (3) reacts after a timeout during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, 星期四, 一月. 6, 2022, 在凤凰城. The Suns won 106-89. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Williams finished second in voting last year behind 纽约尼克斯 head coach Tom Thibodeau.

He now joins Mike D’Antoni and Cotton Fitzsimmons as the only other Suns coaches to win the award.

上个月, Williams was named the National Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year for a second consecutive season. He previously served as head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans.

Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams, 对, argues a foul called against the Suns with referee Tre Maddox (23) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, 十二月. 16, 2021, 在凤凰城. The Suns won 118-98.

Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams, 对, argues a foul called against the Suns with referee Tre Maddox (23) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, 十二月. 16, 2021, 在凤凰城. The Suns won 118-98. (AP Photo/Ross D. 富兰克林)

The Suns are currently in the middle of a playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks. The series is tied 2-2.

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