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Alone Fenice Manager Monty Williams has been named NBA Coach of the Year, the league announced Monday.
Williams is taking home the award after driving Phoenix to a NBA-best record of 64-18 during the regular season.
Williams received 458 points, including 81 first place votes from a panel of 100 sports journalists and broadcasters around the world. Memphis Grizzly coach Taylor Jenkins finished second with 270 points (17 votes for first place) while Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra finished in third place with 72 points (a first place).
“It’s so smelly,” Williams said after his team was seen coming together to surprise him with the award. “I love you guys, I appreciate it, but this is us.”
The league’s announcement came after Suns stars Devin Booker and Chris Paul appeared to break the news on social media earlier in the afternoon.
“Phoenix Suns manager Monty Williams was voted COY of the NBA, the book tells sources,” Booker tweeted. “A formal announcement is expected later today.”
“WD> WS … Congratulations Coach Mont on Coach of the Year !!” Paolo added.
Williams has compiled a record of 149-78 since joining the Suns in May 2019, and the team has improved their record each season under his tenure.
The Suns earned their first seed in the Western Conference playoffs this year. Last season, Phoenix won 51 games and earned the No. 2 seeded in the conference before making it to the NBA Finals, which the team ended up losing to Milwaukee Bucks in six games.
Williams finished second in the poll last year behind New York Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau.
He now joins Mike D’Antoni and Cotton Fitzsimmons as the only other Suns coaches to win the award.
Last month, Williams was named Coach of the Year by the National Basketball Coaches Association for the second consecutive season. She previously served her as the head coach of the Pelicans of New Orleans.
The Suns are currently in the midst of a playoff series against the Dallas Maverick. The series is tied 2-2.