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Las Vegas Aces’ Becky Hammon named WNBA Coach of the Year

Phoenix Mercury v Las Vegas Aces - Game One

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 17: Head coach Becky Hammon of the Las Vegas Aces looks on in the third quarter of Game One of the 2022 WNBA Playoffs first round against the Phoenix Mercury at Michelob ULTRA Arena on August 17, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Aces defeated the Mercury 79-63. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Part of the reason Becky Hammon left the bench in San Antonio next to Gregg Popovich to come to the WNBA was the chance to prove she could thrive as a head coach.

Looks like she was right so far.

On Friday, Hammon was named WNBA Coach of the Year for leading the Las Vegas Aces to the best record in the league this season and the No. 1 playoff seed.

Hammon received 27 votes from a pool of 56 national WNBA writers and broadcasters. Tanisha Wright of the Atlanta Dream finished in second place with 18 votes, James Wade of the Chicago Sky was third with eight votes, and Vickie Johnson of the Dallas Wings, Vanessa Nygaard of the Phoenix Mercury and Mike Thibault of the Washington Mystics each received one vote.

Hammon had the Aces’ offense clicking from Day 1 — they broke the WNBA record for most points by a team in a season opener in their 106-88 victory over the Mercury. The Aces averaged a WNBA-high 90.4 points per game this season. The challenge was getting consistent buy-in and effort on the defensive end, but as the season wore on and it got to big games — such as the Commissioner’s Cup Final against the defending champion Sky — the Aces’ defense showed up strong.

Hammon took over one of the more talented teams in the WNBA — MVP-level player A’ja Wilson plus All-Stars Kelsey Plum, Jackie Young and Dearica Hamby — but one that had not lived up to its potential under former coach Bill Laimbeer. That can be a tough spot to walk into as a coach.

But Hammon did and showed she was ready for the moment and the job.