According to the Wizards, Brooks became the fourth coach in franchise history to win the monthly award, and it was the fourth time the former Thunder coach had been so honored. Washington held its opponents to an NBA-best .434 shooting percentage, and its five road wins were tied for second-most in the league.
Heading into a home game Thursday against the Lakers, the Wizards are 28-20 overall and tied for fourth place in the East, this after a 2-8 start. They went 10-5 in December, meaning that they posted back-to-back double-digit monthly win totals for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
Brooks, 51, was hired in April, replacing Randy Wittman amid speculation that his connection to Kevin Durant might help land the impending free agent forward. That didn’t pan out, but Brooks has been a success after taking a year off from coaching following seven seasons in Oklahoma City during which he accumulated a 338-207 regular season record.
The Warriors’ Steve Kerr was named the Western Conference coach of the month for January, after guiding his squad to an NBA-best 12-2 record. Other coaching nominees in the East included the Hawks’ Mike Budenholzer, the Celtics’ Brad Stevens and the Pacers’ Nate McMillan.