Mike D'Antoni named NBA Coach of the Year


That's pretty strong. D'Antoni built up his reputation as a good coach after enjoying a successful five-year tenure in Phoenix.

Grabbing 68 of 100 first-place votes, D'Antoni tallied 400 total points, sprinting away from Miami's Erik Spoelstra (153 points) and San Antonio's Gregg Popovich (115), as they finished second and third.

Houston Rocket Head Coach Mike D'Antoni wins the NBA Coach of the Year award at the NBA Awards show on Monday Night. He was named as the Western Conference Coach of the Month in December after Houston went 15-2, tying for the most wins in a single month in franchise history.

For the past season, Westbrook averaged 31.6 points, 10.4 assists, and 10.7 rebounds per game.

Giannis Antetokounmpo won the Most Improved Player award, following Malcolm Brogdon's victory for Rookie of the Year to open the show on Monday night.

Popovich is nearly always a finalist for NBA Coach of the Year. For months, there had been debates among sports analysts, journalists, and fans as to which player was most deserving.

Gordon beat out teammate Lou Williams and Warriors forward Andre Iguodala for the award. Meanwhile, the Spurs' Kawhi Leonard quietly continued to emerge as one of the league's top two-way players showing both defensive and offensive skills.

All-Rookie Team: Malcolm Brogdon, Milwaukee; Dario Saric, Philadelphia; Joel Embiid, Philadelphia; Buddy Hield, Sacramento; Willy Hernangomez, New York.

D'Antoni engineered an offense that set the National Basketball Association record for the most 3-pointers made in a season with 1,181.

All-Defensive Team: Draymond Green, Golden State; Rudy Gobert, Utah; Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio; Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers; Patrick Beverley, Houston.

NBA MVP Finalists Russell Westbrook and James Harden.