Westchester Knicks: Mike Miller named Coach of the Year

Head coach Mike Miller has led the Westchester Knicks to resounding success in 2017-18. He’s been rewarded for his work with the New York Knicks affiliate.

While the New York Knicks may be coming to the end of a disappointing season, their G League affiliate in Westchester is only getting started. Despite constant roster turnover, the Westchester Knicks pieced together the best season in franchise history.

For those efforts, the head coach who has been tasked with developing the next generation of Knicks players has been honored accordingly.

While New York is preparing to watch the postseason from home, Westchester will enter the NBA G League Playoffs as the No. 1 overall seed. Despite enduring a bevy of roster changes, it won a franchise-record 32 games in 2017-18.

According to the official NBA G League Twitter account, Westchester Knicks head coach Mike Miller has been honored as the 2017-18 NBA G League Coach of the Year.

That’s a tremendous honor for an individual who is rapidly earning his stripes in a competitive field that’s constantly looking for fresh faces.

When Miller was hired in 2015, he executed an immediate turnaround. He increased the win total by 18 games, helping Westchester go from 10-40 in 2014-15 to 28-22 in 2015-16, thus resulting in its first ever postseason appearance.

After trudging through a down year in 2016-17, Miller managed to help Westchester bounce back and produce the best season in franchise history.

That’s a remarkable feat when one considers the relative instability of a roster that’s lost a number of players to NBA call ups.

Trey Burke is the Knicks’ most noteworthy call up from the 2017-18 season, but he isn’t alone. Isaiah Hicks and Luke Kornet are two-way players who have spent time on the main roster, while the likes of Ron Baker and Damyean Dotson have been sporadically utilized in Westchster.

Coupled with the fact that Nigel Hayes received 10-day contracts from the Los Angeles Lakers and Toronto Raptors before signing with the Sacramento Kings, Westchester’s success hasn’t been without adversity.

Thanks in large part to Miller’s leadership, the Knicks have survived and prospered.

The New York Knicks have been one of the leaders in the movement towards valuing the G League as a legitimate minor league. Mike Miller’s presence is a major reason why.

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