Monty Williams named NBA Coach of the Year after leading Phoenix Suns to league-best record

Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams has been named NBA Coach of the Year, The Associated Press reported Monday, citing a source familiar with the decision.

The league is expected to make an official announcement later Monday, although Suns stars Devin Booker and Chris Paul appeared to break the news on social media earlier.

The award comes a year after Williams finished second in voting, just 11 points behind winner Tom Thibodeau of the New York Knicks.

Under Williams, the Suns finished with an NBA-best 64-18 regular season record and won the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Prior to the final two seasons under Williams, it had been 10 years since the Suns finished with at least 50 regular-season wins, and last year’s trip to the NBA Finals was their first since Charles Barkley conducted there in 1993.

Last month, Williams received the National Basketball Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year award for the second straight season.

Williams, 50, is in his third season in Phoenix and his eighth overall as an NBA coach, including five with the New Orleans Pelicans (2010-15). It’s a 322-299 career.

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