NEW YORK (Reuters) - Scott Brooks was named NBA coach of the year by United States and Canadian sports writers and broadcasters on Wednesday after guiding the Oklahoma City Thunder to their first playoff berth.

In his first full season in charge, Brooks took the Thunder to a 50-32 record this season, an NBA-best 27-game turnaround after the previous season's 23-59 record.

The Thunder trail the Los Angeles Lakers 2-0 in their Western conference quarter-final playoff series.

(Reporting by Steve Keating; Editing by Ian Ransom)