Rockets' Eric Gordon wins NBA Sixth Man of the Year

Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon named Sixth Man of the Year

This is D'Antoni's second Coach of the Year Award.

Current Rockets coach and former Marshall hoops player Mike D'Antoni was named the NBA Coach of the Year on Monday night. The Rockets attempted over 40 3-pointers per game and made 1,181 triples in the regular season, blowing away the previous record of 1,077 by last year's 73-win Warriors.

D'Antoni previously won the award in 2005 during Steve Nash's first season with the Suns.

Rockets guard Eric Gordon won the balloting, beating out Houston teammate Lou Williams and Iguodala. The Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games in the first round before bowing out against the San Antonio Spurs in six games in the second round. For months, there had been debates among sports analysts, journalists, and fans as to which player was most deserving. After a long laugh from the crowd that was standing and cheering, Russell told the other centers that "you have no idea how much respect I have for you guys". Brogdon beat out finalists Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, both of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Andre Iguodala spent much of the season doing whatever he could to fight off any momentum that might result in him being named Sixth Man of the Year in the National Basketball Association.

Rookie of the Year: Malcolm Brogdon, Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcom Brogdon was named Rookie of the Year, while team-mate Giannis Antetokounmpo was the league's Most Improved Player.

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

Sportsmanship Award: Kemba Walker, Charlotte.

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

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