Mike D’Antoni has won the Coach of the Year Award for the 2016-17 season, the NBA announced on Monday night.
This is the second time D’Antoni has been named Coach of the Year, winning it with the 2004-05 Phoenix Suns as well.
D’Antoni finished far ahead of Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. D’Antoni tallied 400 points, including 68 first-place votes while Spoelstra finished second with 153 points, including nine first-place votes.
It’s an especially impressive win for D’Antoni considering this is his first season with the Rockets and the hire was scrutinized heavily by fans and the media. The Rockets made a 14-win improvement, winning 55 games to finish with the third-best record in the league.