Boston Celtics

May 7, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Boston Celtics head coach Ime Udoka gestures during the first quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks during game three of the second round for the 2022 NBA playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

First-year head coach Ime Udoka was at the center of the Celtics’ second-half comeback this year. He won the last two Coach of the Month awards, and was one of the favorites to win NBA Coach of the Year.

Apparently though, the C’s second-half surge wasn’t enough to sway the voters. Udoka finished fourth in the Coach of the Year voting, with the results revealed Monday night.

Suns coach Monty Williams finished in first place, receiving 81 of the 100 first-place votes. Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins was behind him, Followed by Miami’s Eric Spoelstra. Udoka received one first-place vote, five second-place votes, and 26 third-place votes – the most by any of the candidates.

In his first year as a head coach, Ime Udoka led the Celtics to a 51-31 record and second seed in the Eastern Conference. It was the Celtics’ first 50-plus win season since 2017-2018.

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