NYC Knicks’ Tom Thibodeau named NBA Coach of the Year

Tom Thibodeau — CC

Tom Thibodeau of the New York Knicks received the Red Auerbach Trophy as 2020-2021 NBA Coach of the Year, the NBA announced on Monday.

Thibodeau earned 45 first-place votes and a total of 351 points, to narrowly edge out Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams, who got 43 and 340, respectively. It was the smallest margin — just 11 points — to separate the first- and second-place finishers since the points format started in 2002-2003.

Thibodeau was also named the league’s top coach during the 2010-2011 season with the Chicago Bulls, becoming the first coach to earn the honors in his first season for two different franchises.

Thibodeau led the Knicks to a 41-31 record this season, which was enough for the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference. Those results led the Knicks the postseason for the first time since the 2012-2013 campaign, but they were eliminated by the Atlanta Hawks in the first round.

 
Tom Thibodeau

 

Thomas Joseph Thibodeau Jr. is an American basketball coach who is the head coach for the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association . (wikipedia)

 
 
Monty Williams

 

Montgomery Eli Williams is an American professional basketball coach and a former player and executive who is the head coach for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association . (wikipedia)

 
 
New York Knicks

 

The New York Knickerbockers, more commonly referred to as the New York Knicks, are an American professional basketball team based in the New York City borough of Manhattan. (wikipedia)

 
 
Pat Riley

 

Patrick James Riley is an American professional basketball executive and a former coach and player in the National Basketball Association . (wikipedia)

 
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