Rockets' Eric Gordon voted Sixth Man of the Year


Rockets' Eric Gordon voted Sixth Man of the Year

D'Antoni, a former Marshall men's basketball player and Mullens native who is in his first year as head coach of the Houston Rockets, beat out San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra for the award, voted on by a panel of 100 independent media members and handed out Monday night. The Rockets went 55-27, good enough for the third-best record in the league and the West's No. 3 seed, and looked like a transformed franchise.

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

As a reward for his success, D'Antoni was rewarded with the 2017 NBA Coach of the Year Award.

Most Improved Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee.

Brogdon made history by becoming the first player not picked in the first round since the common draft era began in 1966 to win the award.

The Rockets were 35-7 in games in which Gordon scored at least 15 points, including 17-2 when he scored 20 or more.

Brogdon averaged 10.2 points and 4.2 assists this past season - the lowest of any victor - but became the second player in Bucks franchise history to win the honor, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1969-70).

Under D'Antoni's leadership, the Rockets made 1,181 3-pointers this season, breaking the Warriors' record of 1,077 a season ago.

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

Bill Russell was honored with the first Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to him by league legends Abdul-Jabbar, Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning, Shaquille O'Neal and David Robinson. He beat out Iguodala and Rockets teammate Lou Williams for the Sixth Man award.

Most Valuable Player: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City.

Saric, Brogdon and Embiid are the three finalists for Rookie of the Year to be announced Monday night during the NBA Awards show.