Tom Thibodeau was named coach of the year, according to a press release of the league.
Thibodeau led the Knicks to his first postseason appearance since the 2012-13 season. The Knicks finished the regular season with a 41-31 record, ending a series of seven consecutive losing seasons. They were 21-45 last season and 17-65 in 2018/19.
He is the second Coach of the Year award for Thibodeau, who also earned the honor in the 2010-11 season with the Bulls in his first season as coach. No one had won the award before in its first season with two different franchises.
Suns coach Monty Williams actually received the most votes in first place (45) from Thibodeau (43). However, Thibodeau gained 351 total points while Williams had 340 points. The 11-point difference between first and second place was the minimum margin since the vote format was introduced in the 2002-03 season.
U Jazz’s Quin Snyder finished third with 161 points (10 votes to first place).
Thibodeau is the first Knicks coach since Pat Riley (1992-93) to win the award.