The old adage goes that when a team performs well individual honors follow, and that proved to be the case Monday as Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder was named the NBA’s Western Conference Coach of the Month for December and January (the season started Dec. 22).
The Jazz are off to a 15-5 start, just a half-game back of the LA Clippers for the best record in the entire NBA ahead of Monday’s contests. That included an 11-game win streak that spanned from Jan. 8-Jan. 29, the longest such streak in the league so far this season (it is the second 11-game win streak Utah has had under Snyder, with the first coming almost exactly three years ago).
During the streak, the Jazz outscored their opponents by an average of nearly 16 points per game. Early on in the run, Snyder passed Frank Layden for second-most wins in franchise history.
This marks the second time Snyder has won Coach of the Month, with the first coming in April of 2018. He becomes the third coach in franchise history to win it multiple times, as Layden won it twice and Jerry Sloan did 10 times.
Philadelphia 76ers new head coach Doc Rivers was named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month on Monday, as his team leads the conference by 2.5 games.