Rockets' Eric Gordon voted Sixth Man of the Year at NBA Awards

Jessica Allison
June 28, 2017

Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni has been named the NBA's Coach of the Year for the 2016-17 season, which was his first year coaching the team.

In his first season as head coach of the Rockets, D'Antoni guided the team to a 55-27 mark and the National Basketball Association playoffs after Houston went 41-41 in 2015-16.

D'Antoni was named Coach of the Year in 2004-05 with the Phoenix Suns.

Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, David Robinson, Shaquille O'Neal, Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo were on stage Monday night at the NBA Awards show to present the honor to Russell, who won 11 championships as a player with the Boston Celtics and went on to become the NBA's first black coach.

Gordon beat out teammate Lou Williams and Golden State's Andre Iguodala. He is also only the eighth coach since the award's inception back in 1963 to win the award multiple times.

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. Meanwhile, the Spurs' Kawhi Leonard quietly continued to emerge as one of the league's top two-way players showing both defensive and offensive skills. The 55 wins tied for the fourth-most in franchise history.

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Hustle Award: Patrick Beverley, Houston Rockets.

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

Popovich is nearly always a finalist for NBA Coach of the Year.

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

All-Defensive Team: Draymond Green, Golden State; Rudy Gobert, Utah; Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio; Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers; Patrick Beverley, Houston.

They were joined by Joel Embiid, Saric's teammate in Philadelphia, along with Sacramento guard Buddy Hield and Knicks forward Willy Hernangomez.

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