The Suns were the NBA’s best team this regular season.
But Booker did break news: The Suns will claim one major individual award – Monty Williams as Coach of the Year.
Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams has been voted the NBA’s COY, book tells sources. A formal announcement is expected later today.
— Book (@DevinBook) May 9, 2022
Williams already won his fellow coaches’ version of the award. But this media-selected honor – which counted the Heat’s Erik Spoelstra and Grizzlies’ Taylor Jenkins as other finalists – is the more renowned Coach of the Year.
This result is unsurprising. Williams had long established himself as favorite for three main reasons:
1. He did an excellent job. Williams navigated the Suns through the Robert Sarver investigation and Deandre Ayton’s contract year – issues that could have derailed less-cohesive teams. Phoenix had a sophisticated offense and versatile defense. The Suns’ game plans we savvy and well-executed, especially in the clutch.
2. Williams is well-liked.
3. Voters had remorse after choosing the Knicks’ Tom Thibodeau as Coach of the Year over Williams last year.
Though I would’ve picked Spoelstra this year, there’s no doubt Williams is a good choice and winner nearly everyone will be happy with.