Monty Williams of the Phoenix Suns has been named the 2021 National Basketball Coaches Association's Coach of the Year. Williams has done an exceptional job with his team, leading them to the postseason this campaign.
The entire 30 head coaches in the league vote for this award, and Williams got the most votes. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news, announcing the voting results on Tuesday.
Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams has been voted as the National Basketball Coaches Association's Coach of the Year, sources told ESPN on Tuesday.
The league's 30 head coaches vote on the award, which was named in honor of late NBCA executive director, Michael Goldberg.
Williams resurrected the Suns' floundering franchise, leading Phoenix to a 51-21 regular-season record and the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Williams led the Suns to their first Pacific Division title since 2007, and they became the fifth team in league history to improve their win total by 15 or more games in successive seasons. Phoenix improved by 17 games this season -- in a 72-game shortened regular season.
The Suns finished the 2019/20 season with an 8-0 run in the Orlando bubble, thanks to Devin Booker. They added some pieces like Chris Paul this season, and Williams did the job, taking them to the postseason for the first time since 2009.
Phoenix has a bright future. Williams did a terrific job in Arizona and if things keep this way, they will have plenty of success in the next couple of years.