clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

D’Antoni beats Spoelstra, Popovich for Coach of Year Award

New, comments

Udonis Haslem finished third in Teammate of the Year voting

Miami Heat v Detroit Pistons Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

During the inaugural NBA Awards broadcast June 26, Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni won the Coach of the Year award, beating finalists Erik Spoelstra and Gregg Popovich.

The decision comes as no surprise; Spoelstra’s chances would have improved had the Heat actually made the playoffs. D’Antoni’s Rockets won 55 games games during the 2016-17 season, a vast improvement over their 41-41 finish in 2015-16. For all the criticism he’s gotten over the years (and the bad jobs he’s taken with the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers), D’Antoni’s style has transformed the NBA. It’s how a player like James Harden averaged 11 assists per game this year, far surpassing his previous assist averages.

Miami also had a few other players up for consideration during the Awards night.