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Phoenix Suns: Mike D’Antoni Ranked as Top Ten Modern NBA Coach


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Before the present buzz within the Valley for the Phoenix Suns, coach Mike D’Antoni was the mastermind behind essentially the most exciting Phoenix basketball team after the turn of the century.

Guys similar to Steve Nash, Raja Bell, Shawn Marion and Amar’e Stoudemire helped facilitate the exciting seven seconds or less offense that put many scoreboards out of business across the league. 

From D’Antoni’s wiki page:

“D’Antoni won the NBA Coach of the Yr Award after his Suns went 62–20 to complete first within the regular season. His style, dubbed “Seven Seconds or Less”, was described in a book of that name. Overall, his Suns won 50 or more games in 4 consecutive seasons, while Nash earned NBA MVP honors in 2005 and 2006. Along with Nash, D’Antoni’s Suns also featured All-Star power forward Amar’e Stoudemire and high-flying All-Star small forward Shawn Marion. They made consecutive appearances within the Western Conference finals in 2005 and 2006, losing to the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks, respectively.”

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His impact helped propel the NBA to what we see today when it comes to offensive output, and thus, he finds himself on Bleacher Report’s list of top the fashionable NBA. 

Mike D’Antoni Ranked as Top Ten Modern NBA Coach

9. Mike D’Antoni

“D’Antoni’s legacy might outweigh his actual accomplishments, as his offensive innovations helped change the way in which basketball is played. Between the frenetic pace of his “Seven Seconds or Less” Phoenix Suns team to the analytically inclined style he orchestrated with James Harden and the Houston Rockets, he paved the trail for today’s pace-and-space game,” said Zach Buckley. 

“His teams won not less than 53 games seven different times (4 in Phoenix, three in Houston), and three of them reached the conference finals. The issue is his system wasn’t for everybody, and he struggled to adapt when it didn’t fit his personnel. During five-plus seasons with the Recent York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers, he only managed two winning records and nil playoff wins.”

D’Antoni finished just above George Karl and right behind Tyronn Lue. Gregg Popovich, Phil Jackson and Steve Kerr took home medal spots on the list. 

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