Mike D'Antoni named NBA Coach of the Year

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He also became the first Buck to win the award since Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the 1969-70 season.

Mike D'Antoni had been out of the National Basketball Association coaching game for a few years, but jumped back into things last season with the Houston Rockets, and helped them turn things around.

Russell engaged in some good-natured trash talk, pointing to his fellow greats and adding "I would kick your a-", much to the raucous delight of the crowd. The Rockets, who barely squeaked into the playoffs in the season prior to D'Antoni's hiring with a 41-41 record, led the league in shots from behind the arch and were second in points per game to only the Warriors.

D'Antoni was announced as the victor of NBA's Coach of the Year award Monday during the league's award show on TNT.

Malcolm Brogdon of the Milwaukee Bucks is the NBA's Rookie of the Year.

Music star Drake hosted the league's inaugural awards show in NY, where Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was named MVP.

Defensive Player of the Year: Draymond Green, Golden State.

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"This is a testament to guy's who are overlooked, guys who are second-round picks", Brogdon said.

The Bucks also weren't done collecting accolades for the evening, with Bucks big man Giannis Antetokounmpo winning the Most Improved Player award.

Embiid had the strongest stats, averaging 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.45 blocks, but was limited to just 31 games because of injuries.

He was joined on the first team by Utah center Rudy Gobert and Spurs All-Star Kawhi Leonard - who join Green as the finalists for Defensive Player of the Year be announced Monday night during the NBA Awards show.

Philadelphia's Dario Saric and Milwaukee guard Malcolm Brogdon were unanimously selected to the All-Rookie first team.

Spurs vice president Monty Williams received the first ever Sager Strong Award for the courage he has displayed after his wife died following a auto accident in 2016.

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