Becky Hammon wins WNBA Coach of the Year in first season with Aces

Becky Hammon won the WNBA Coach of the Year award in her first season in charge of the Las Vegas Aces.

She is the third former player to win the award and the first former player to do so in her first season with a team. Hammond led the Aces to a 26-10 record in 2021 — tied with the Chicago Sky for best in the WNBA — which set a franchise record. The team’s 90.4 points per game also ranked first in the league and the Aces’ .722 winning percentage is also the second-best on record for a freshman head coach. The Aces also won the 2022 Commissioner’s Cup on the sky.

Hammon’s Aces also broke a few other records during the 2021 season: most points by a team in a season opener (106), most points by a team in a half (71) and the most points per game by a team’s starters in a season (77.5ppm).

All of that equated to the No. 1 seed for the Aces, who will face fourth seed Storm this weekend in the WNBA Semifinals.

Hammon won the award with 27 votes. Atlanta Dream’s Tanish Wright got 18 votes, while Chicago Sky head coach James Wade got eight votes.

Hammon became the head coach of the Aces after eight years as an assistant coach under Gregg Popovich with the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs. Prior to that, Hammon played 16 years in the WNBA for the New York Liberty and San Antonio Stars where she earned six All-Star nominations and averaged 13.0 points per game over her career.

Becky Hammon helped lead the Aces to the No. 1 seed in the WNBA playoffs. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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