Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts was granted one of the NBA’s highest in-season honors after leading the team through one of the most successful months in the franchise’s history.
On Monday, the NBA announced that Stotts has been named the Western Conference’s Coach of the Month for December. This is the second time Stotts has earned the title in his three-season Blazers career and the 11th time a Blazers coach has ever received the honor.
In spite of a host of injuries that plagued the Blazers, such as All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge’s respiratory infection, starting center Robin Lopez’s fractured hand, and starting small forward Nicolas Batum’s sprained wrist, Stotts led the Blazers to a 13-3 record for the month of December.
The Blazers finished the month with the greatest number of victories of any team in the NBA, in spite of Stotts using a total of six different starting lineups as players recovered from their health issues.
Players stepped up to fill roles of their teammates—Damian Lillard led the team in several overtime victories, Wesley Matthews was named the NBA’s best three-point shooter, and Aldridge earned the Western Conference’s Player of the Week title twice in spite of illness.
Stotts joins several other Blazers coaches in earning multiple Coach of the Month titles, including Nate McMillan (three), Rick Adelman (three), and Mike Dunleavy (two). Jack Ramsay and Mike Schuler have also earned the title.