Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams will be named NBA head coach of the year, people with knowledge of the award told The Arizona Republic.

Williams led the Suns to the NBA’s best record this season at 64-18. He finished second to New York Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau in last year’s voting.

Williams, in his third season as Suns head coach, has won the NBCA Coach of the Year award the last two seasons. That honor is awarded by the National Basketball Coaches Association.

The top-seeded Suns play Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals Tuesday against the fourth-seeded Dallas Mavericks at Footprint Center with the series tied 2-2.

May 8, 2022; Dallas, Texas, USA;  Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams huddles with his players during a time out against the Dallas Mavericks during game four of the second round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at American Airlines Center.

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