Knicks’ Tom Thibodeau narrowly edges Suns’ Monty Williams in NBA Coach of the 12 months voting

Tom Thibodeau has been named the 2020-21 NBA Coach of the 12 months — however not with out controversy.

The primary-year Knicks coach narrowly edged Suns second-year coach Monty Williams 351-340 to earn the award for the second time of his profession. Thibodeau is the primary coach to obtain the consideration in his first 12 months teaching with two completely different groups (his first got here with the Bulls in 2010-11).

However Williams, who had already been tabbed NBCA’s Coach of the 12 months, produced extra first-place votes (45) than his Knicks counterpart (43). Thibodeau secured the award with 10 extra second-place votes. Beneath is the tally for voting in 2020-21, determined by media and based mostly solely on the common season.

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There’s one thing to be stated of Thibodeau main New York to its first playoff berth and profitable season for the reason that 2012-13 season. However Williams’ Suns produced extra wins (51) than Thibodeau’s Knicks (41), a greater profitable share (.708 to .569) and a better seed within the NBA playoffs (the Suns are the two seed within the Western Convention playoffs, in comparison with the Knicks’ 4 seed within the Japanese Convention).

Phoenix additionally skilled a playoff berth for the primary time below Williams, and the primary time since 2009-10. Although it has nothing to do with Coach of the 12 months voting, the Suns additionally grew to become simply the sixth staff to unseat the defending NBA champions within the first spherical, beating the Lakers in six video games. The Knicks misplaced their first-round collection towards 4-seed Atlanta in 5.

For many who care about such issues, Williams has significantly much less expertise teaching within the NBA. Thibodeau was an NBA assistant for 20 years earlier than changing into a first-time head coach with the Bulls in 2020-11; the 2020-21 season was his ninth as a head coach. Williams was an assistant for 5 years earlier than returning to play 5 seasons from 2010-15. He then spent one season as affiliate head coach in Oklahoma Metropolis and one other 12 months as an assistant in Philadelphia earlier than taking on the Suns in 2019-20.

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