NBA Awards: Houston Rockets' Mike D'Antoni wins 2016-17 Coach of the Year
D'Antoni lead the Rockets to the No. 3 seed in his first year in charge
Mike D'Antoni had been out of the NBA coaching game for a few years, but jumped back into things last season with the Houston Rockets, and helped them turn things around, as they went from the eighth seed at 41-41 in 2015-16, to the third seed and 55-27 this season.
As a reward for his success, D'Antoni was rewarded with the 2017 NBA Coach of the Year Award. D'Antoni becomes just the third Rockets coach to ever win the award, joining Tom Nissalke in 1977, and Don Chaney in 1991.
It was no surprise that with D'Antoni in charge, the Rockets excelled on the offensive end. Some details, via Rockets.com:
D'Antoni engineered an offense which set the NBA record for the most 3-pointers made in a single season with 1,181. Houston finished second in the league in scoring with 115.3 points per game, tying for the second-highest scoring average in franchise history. The Rockets scored at least 130 points 12 times in 2016-17, marking the highest single season total by any team dating back to 1992-93.
This is D'Antoni's second Coach of the Year Award, as he also took home the honor over a decade ago back in 2005, when he helped guide the Phoenix Suns to the best record in the league.
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