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Tom Thibodeau named NBA Coach of the Year
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Tom Thibodeau named NBA Coach of the Year

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Head coach Tom Thibodeau of the New York Knicks reacts against the Atlanta Hawks during game four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at State Farm Arena on May 30, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Head coach Tom Thibodeau of the New York Knicks reacts against the Atlanta Hawks during game four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at State Farm Arena on May 30, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. Thibodeau was named the NBA's Coach of the Year. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/TNS)

No coach in the NBA did more with less.

Tom Thibodeau turned a rebuilding roster into the Eastern Conference’s fourth seed, and was rewarded Monday with the NBA’s Coach of the Year in a tight race.

Thibodeau edged out Phoenix’s Monty Williams, who finished with more first-place votes (45 to 43) but had fewer second-place votes and lost in total points.

The Daily News voted in the same order as the final tally: 1) Thibodeau, 2) Williams, 3) Utah’s Quin Snyder.

Thibodeau took over a roster that was mostly the same as last season, with a starting five of all players who were on the roster for the 2019-20 squad that won just 22 games.

He installed an intense stifling defense and oversaw multiple career years from his players. Julius Randle was the greatest success, transforming from a saddling contract into an All-Star.

The Knicks went 41-31 for their first playoff berth since 2011. They were trounced in the first round by the Hawks.

Thibodeau also won Coach of the Year in 2010 with the Chicago Bulls.

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