In what felt like less than 24 hours, the Sixers hired Rivers to become the next head coach – and the start of his stint couldn’t have been much better.
Through the first month of the 2020-2021 NBA season, Rivers earned NBA Coach of the Month honors. As the Sixers were coming off of a season where they snatched the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, Rivers had them off to a hot start to the new year as they went 15-6 through the first month and some change in 2020.
Although Rivers wouldn’t hoist the Coach of the Month award again since the first month of the season, the Sixers remained one of the top teams in the NBA. Despite dealing with some very key injuries, Philly remained out in front of the Eastern Conference for a good portion of the season. Although Thibodeau beat Rivers out for the award, the Sixers head coach still received some votes, acknowledging him as one of the best coaches in the league right now.