Credit: USA Sports Today-Scanpix
Credit USA Sports Today-Scanpix

Monty Williams has won the 2021-22 Coach of the Year award, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Williams, 50, was runner-up to the New York Knicks' Tom Thibodeau in last season's voting.

In this campaign, Williams led the Phoenix Suns to an NBA-best 64-18 record.

Phoenix earned the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and broke the franchise record for wins, shared by the 1992-93 and 2004-05 squads at 62-20.

The Suns became the first team in NBA history to increase their win total by at least 11 games in three consecutive seasons.

The Suns are currently tied at 2-2 in their conference semifinal series with the Dallas Mavericks.

Williams, who led the Suns to the 2021 NBA Finals, is 149-78 through three seasons with Phoenix. He is 322-299 overall, including five seasons with the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans from 2010-15.

He is the third Phoenix coach to win the award, joining Cotton Fitzsimmons (1988-89) and Mike D'Antoni (2004-05).

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2-pointers this season

Points made: 32,2
Accuracy: 55,6%
Place in standings: 1
Record max: 46
Record min: 16
Most made 2FGs: Deandre Ayton