Monty Williams is the 2021-22 NBA Coach of the 12 months after main the Phoenix Suns to the perfect file within the common season, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The Suns completed a franchise-best 64-18 within the common season and beat the New Orleans Pelicans in six video games within the first spherical of the NBA Playoffs. The Suns and Dallas Mavericks are presently tied 2-2 in a Western Convention Semifinals collection.
Williams, 50, performed 10 seasons within the NBA earlier than becoming a member of the teaching ranks in 2005 as an assistant with the Portland Path Blazers. He grew to become the top coach of the New Orleans Hornets in 2010 and coached the workforce for 5 seasons earlier than he was dismissed. The Hornets/Pelicans made the playoffs twice throughout his tenure, however by no means superior previous the primary spherical.
After two stints as an assistant with the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder and Philadelphia 76ers, the Suns gave Williams his second head teaching job in 2019, taking on a workforce that completed the 2018-19 season with a 19-63 file. Phoenix improved to 34-39 in his first season and Williams led the workforce to the NBA Finals in his second season.
Williams is the third Suns coach to win the award. The opposite finalists for NBA Coach of the 12 months had been Taylor Jenkins of the Memphis Grizzlies and Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Warmth.