The final NBA regular season award was announced on Monday, as Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams won the Coach of the Year award.
Williams and the Suns had a great season, as he led his team to a 64-18 record. This was the best record in the NBA this season, and an improvement from the Suns record last year. The Suns finished last season with a record of 51-21. Williams was also in the Coach of the Year race that year but finished second behind New York Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau. Now, Williams is the first black head coach to win the award since Dwane Casey in 2018.
Williams had 81 first-place votes and 458 points in the Coach of the Year race. Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins had 17 first-place votes for 270 points, and Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra had one first-place vote and 72 points. This was decided by a panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters.
The Phoenix Suns franchise has changed over the past few years, and Williams plays a huge role. The Suns made the NBA Finals last year, and nearly won their first championship. It was also the first time the Suns made the finals since 1993. So, it is safe to say the Suns are in good hands.
This is Williams’ first Coach of the Year award, and after an incredible season, it is well-deserved. From the tragedy of losing his wife, Ingrid Williams, from a car crash in 2016, up to this point, Williams has persevered and fought through any obstacle. And now, he is getting the recognition he deserves.