Monty Williams

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Monty Williams
Monty Williams Pelicans.jpg
Williams as Pelicans' head coach in 2014
Philadelphia 76ers
Position Assistant coach
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1971-10-08) October 8, 1971 (age 46)
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school Potomac (Oxon Hill, Maryland)
College Notre Dame (1989–1994)
NBA draft 1994 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Playing career 1994–2003
Position Small forward
Number 2, 41, 3, 5
Coaching career 2005–present
Career history
As player:
19941996 New York Knicks
19961998 San Antonio Spurs
1999 Denver Nuggets
19992002 Orlando Magic
2002–2003 Philadelphia 76ers
As coach:
20052010 Portland Trail Blazers (assistant)
20102015 New Orleans Hornets / Pelicans
2015–2016 Oklahoma City Thunder (associate HC)
2018–present Philadelphia 76ers (assistant)
Career NBA statistics
Points 2,884 (6.3 ppg)
Rebounds 1,296 (2.8 rpg)
Assists 544 (1.2 apg)
Stats at

Montgomery Eli Williams (born October 8, 1971) is an American professional basketball coach and a retired player and executive who is currently the assistant coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. He was the head coach for the New Orleans Hornets / Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 2010 until 2015, and is an assistant coach with the United States national team under Mike Krzyzewski.

Playing career[edit]

As a 6'8" small forward from the University of Notre Dame, Williams was an honorable mention All-American, averaging 22.4 points and 8.4 rebounds during his senior season.[1] Williams was an NBA first-round pick despite a pre-existing heart condition. He was selected by the New York Knicks in the first round (24th overall) of the 1994 NBA draft. Williams played in 9 NBA seasons from 1994 to 2003. He played for the Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets, Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers.

In his NBA career, Williams played in 456 games, scored a total of 2,884 points and averaged 6.3 points-per-game.[1] On April 8, 1997, he scored a career-high 30 points as a member of the Spurs against the Denver Nuggets. Chronic knee problems forced him into retirement in 2003.

Coaching career[edit]

In 2005, Williams won an NBA championship as a coaching staff intern with the San Antonio Spurs. In 2005, Williams was hired by new head coach Nate McMillan as an assistant coach for the Portland Trail Blazers.[2] On June 7, 2010, Williams was offered a three-year contract to be the head coach of the New Orleans Hornets.[3] At the date of his hiring, Williams became the youngest head coach in the NBA at 38 years old.[1] In his first season, the New Orleans Hornets, the team finished with a 46-36 record and made the playoffs.[4][better source needed]

On August 18, 2012, Williams accepted a four-year contract extension from the New Orleans Pelicans (before Hornets).[5] On June 9, 2013, Williams accepted an assistant coach role with the U.S. national team, along with Jim Boeheim and Tom Thibodeau, for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The New Orleans Pelicans finished the 2014-15 season with a 45-37 record before losing to the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the playoffs.[6][better source needed] On May 12, 2015, Williams was let go after five seasons as head coach of the Pelicans, compiling a 173–221 regular season record and 2–8 in the playoffs.[7] On June 29, 2015, Williams became the associate head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder.[8] On June 1, 2016, it was announced that Williams would not return with the Thunder next season.[9] On June 4, 2018, Brett Brown announced that Williams would join his staff in Philadelphia as the lead assistant coach, his first coaching job in two seasons.[10]

Over the course of his career, Williams has coached or played under Gregg Popovich, Billy Donovan, Nate McMillan, and Brett Brown.[11]

On June 26, 2017, Monty Williams was selected as the winner of the Sager Strong Award during the first NBA Awards Show.

Executive career[edit]

In 2016, Williams became the Vice President of Basketball Operations for the San Antonio Spurs. Williams is also a member of the NBA Competition Committee.[12]

Personal life[edit]

On February 10, 2016, Williams' wife, Ingrid, died from injuries sustained from a car crash in Oklahoma City after her car was struck head-on by a vehicle that crossed lanes after losing control.[13]

Head coaching record[edit]

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
New Orleans 2010–11 82 46 36 .561 3rd in Southwest 6 2 4 .333 Lost in First Round
New Orleans 2011–12 66 21 45 .318 5th in Southwest Missed Playoffs
New Orleans 2012–13 82 27 55 .329 5th in Southwest Missed Playoffs
New Orleans 2013–14 82 34 48 .415 5th in Southwest Missed Playoffs
New Orleans 2014–15 82 45 37 .549 5th in Southwest 4 0 4 .000 Lost in First Round
Career 394 173 221 .439 10 2 8 .200


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