Phoenix Suns’ Monty Williams was named coach of the year by his fellow NBA coaches, the coach association announced earlier.
The league’s 30 head coaches voted on the award as Williams led the Phoenix Suns to the second seed of the Western Conference with a 51-21 record.
“I hold the utmost respect and admiration for the coaches in this league, so to be recognized by my peers is an incredible honor,” Williams said in a statement. “Every coach in our league sacrifices a ton to make their teams and organizations better, so this is unbelievably humbling.”
Williams joined the Suns in 2019 inheriting a team that finished the season with a 19-63 record. The Suns will experience their first playoff appearance since 2010.
“This award is far bigger than myself and is a result of the work put in everyday by our players, coaching staff, and the entire Suns organization under the leadership of James Jones and Robert Sarver,” Williams said.
“This has been a unique year in its challenges, and I am grateful for the tremendous spirit with which our players and staff have approached each day to make this a special season — Everything Counts!”