Williams as the head coach of the Pelicans
|Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Position||Associate Head Coach|
October 8, 1971 |
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
|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|
|Number||2, 41, 3, 5|
|1994–1996||New York Knicks|
|1996–1998||San Antonio Spurs|
|2005–2010||Portland Trail Blazers (assistant)|
|2010–2015||New Orleans Hornets / Pelicans|
|2015–present||Oklahoma City Thunder (associate HC)|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||2,884 (6.3 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,296 (2.8 rpg)|
|Assists||544 (1.2 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Tavares Montgomery "Monty" Williams, Jr. (born October 8, 1971) is a retired American professional basketball player and currently the associate head coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Williams was formerly the head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans, and is currently an assistant coach with USA Basketball under Mike Krzyzewski.
- Playing career 1
- Coaching career 2
- Personal life 3
- Head coaching record 4
- References 5
- External links 6
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. 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. 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.
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. On June 7, 2010, Williams was offered a three-year contract to be the head coach of the New Orleans Hornets. At the date of his hiring, Williams became the youngest head coach in the NBA at 38 years old.
On August 18, 2012, Williams accepted a four-year contract extension from the New Orleans Pelicans (before Hornets). On June 9, 2013, Williams accepted an assistant coach role with USA Basketball, along with Jim Boeheim and Tom Thibodeau, for the run to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. On May 12, 2015, Williams was fired after 5 seasons as head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans, compiling a 173-221 regular season record and 2-8 in the playoffs. On June 2, 2015, Williams accepted the role of Associate Head Coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder and it was made official on June 29.
He and his wife Ingrid reside in New Orleans with their five children. Williams is a Christian.
Head coaching record
|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|
- Trail Blazers Name Monty Williams Assistant Coach, Aug. 1, 2005
- "New Orleans Pelicans fire head coach Monty Williams"
- NBA.com profile
- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
- Monty Williams NBA Historical Player Profile