His acumen also helped lift James Harden back into the NBA MVP conversation despite a roster that didn't seem to stack up against the league's elite.
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue finished outside the top 10. The Rockets won 41 games during the 2015-16 season and looked likely to finish among the bottom half of playoff teams this season. The 55 wins tied for the fourth-most in franchise history.
D'Antoni, 66, is the younger brother of Marshall head coach Dan D'Antoni, 69. The Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games in the first round before bowing out against the San Antonio Spurs in six games in the second round. Instead of Dario Saric or big man Joel Embiid winning the NBA's Rookie of the Year award, it went to the Milwaukee Bucks' Malcolm Brogdon.More news: AirAsia flight turns back to Perth with 'technical issue'
Defensive Player of the Year: Draymond Green, Golden State.
Brogdon, who played college ball at Virginia, is the first player to win ACC Player of the Year and NBA Rookie of the Year since Elton Brand in 1999-00.
The Rockets were 35-7 in games in which Gordon scored at least 15 points, including 17-2 when he scored 20 or more.More news: Microsoft isn't making a profit with their new Xbox One X console
Most Improved Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee.
NBA Cares Community Assist Award: Isaiah Thomas, Boston.More news: Walmart may bid on Whole Foods