Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon was named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year during the league’s inaugural awards show Monday night.
This is D’Antoni’s second Coach of the Year Award.
“I never thought I would be in NY and have to thank sportswriters for coach of the year, but so be it”, D’Antoni said. He then was hired by the Knicks for big money, but things went poorly and he was sacked amid an 18-24 campaign in his fourth season leading the team.
Houston won 55 games in the regular season to earn the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. The Rockets, who barely squeaked into the playoffs in the season prior to D’Antoni’s hiring with a 41-41 record, led the league in shots from behind the arch and were second in points per game to only the Warriors. The Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games in the first round before bowing out against the San Antonio Spurs in six games in the second round.
D’Antoni engineered an offense that set the National Basketball Association record for the most 3-pointers made in a season with 1,181. He is also only the eighth coach since the award’s inception back in 1963 to win the award multiple times.
It was a double celebration for the Rockets, with guard Eric Gordon getting the Sixth Man of the Year award.
Hustle Award: Patrick Beverley, Houston Rockets.
Defensive Player of the Year: Draymond Green, Golden State.
Sportsmanship Award: Kemba Walker, Charlotte.
NBA Cares Community Assist Award: Isaiah Thomas, Boston.