Like last year, Monty Williams, coach of the Phoenix Suns, was once again voted NBA coach of the season by his peers. Willie Green (New Orleans), Taylor Jenkins (Memphis), Tyronn Lue (LA Clippers), Gregg Popovich (San Antonio) and Erik Spoelstra (Miami) also got votes, but it was again Williams who took the lead.
Monty Williams (50) retains his trophy. Already elected best coach of the year in the NBA during the previous exercise (Tom Thibodeau had been named but the coaches’ union had elected Williams), the emblematic coach of the Phoenix Suns was again acclaimed by his peers and was voted best coach of the year for the second time in a row by the thirty coaches in office (unlike the trophy awarded by the NBA which is the result of a vote by journalists, this one is the result of a vote by the other coaches of the league).
While his team is currently the best in the championship, Eastern and Western conferences combined, with the new record for the Arizona franchise and first qualified this season for the play-offs, with 64 wins for 18 losses, the best record in the league, the former player of Philadelphia, Orlando, Denver, San Antonio and New York (he had never defended the colors of the Suns before taking charge) was again honored by his peers.
Williams transformed the Suns
A distinction that has again come to reward at the same time for the second year in a row the breathtaking progress made by Phoenix under the thumb of the native of Fredericksburg (Virginia), who is currently making his third season on the bench of the team dear to Devin Booker and ChrisPaul. Suns who had lined up four consecutive exercises with less than 30% victories before the shock Monty Williams.
Clearly ahead of the votes, the now double best NBA coach for the thirty other coaches called to speak was not the only one to see his name appear on a ballot. Willie Green (New Orleans), Taylor Jenkins (Memphis), Tyronn Lue (LA Clippers), Gregg Popovich (San Antonio) and Erik Spoelstra (Miami) also received votes. But number one is still Monty Williams.