Rockets Mike D'Antoni Named NBA Coach Of The Year

Lynette Rowe
June 27, 2017

Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon won NBA Rookie of the Year and Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon won the Sixth Man of the Year Award Monday night at the first-ever NBA awards show in NY. After graduation from Marshall, Mike D'Antoni enjoyed a 17-year career playing professional basketball before turning to coaching.

D'Antoni also won the award when he called the shots for the Phoenix Suns in 2005. He posted a.420 winning percentage during his three-plus seasons as Knicks coach. Houston have a chance for a big night, with James Harden a finalist for MVP and Mike D'Antoni a finalist for Coach of the Year. The 55 wins tied for the fourth-most in franchise history.

Brogdon had averages of 10.2 points and 4.2 assists this past season - the lowest of any victor - but became the second player in Bucks franchise history to win the honor, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1969-70). He also became the first Buck to win the award since Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the 1969-70 season. He is the eighth coach to win the award multiple times.

Most Valuable Player: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City.

The Rockets hired D'Antoni to turn things around after a disappointing 41-41 2015-16 campaign that culminated in a first-round series loss to the Golden State Warriors.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo won the Most Improved Player award, following Malcolm Brogdon's victory for Rookie of the Year to open the show on Monday night.

Sixth Man of the Year: Eric Gordon, Houston.

Assist of the Year went to Green and Steph Curry, while Bob Meyers walked away with the Executive of the Year.

All-Defensive Team: Draymond Green, Golden State; Rudy Gobert, Utah; Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio; Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers; Patrick Beverley, Houston.

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