|Intro||American basketball player and coach|
|A.K.A.||Tavares Montgomery Williams, Jr., Tavares Montgomery Williams Jr, Tava...|
|Is||Athlete Sports coach Basketball player Basketball coach|
|From||United States of America|
|Birth||8 October 1971, Fredericksburg|
Monty Eli Williams (born October 8, 1971) is an American retired professional basketball player and coach and currently vice president of basketball operations for the San Antonio Spurs. He was the head coach for the New Orleans Hornets / Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 2010 until 2015, and is currently an assistant coach with the United States national team under Mike Krzyzewski.
Monty is currently represented by Kauffman Sports Management Group.
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 the U.S. national team, along with Jim Boeheim and Tom Thibodeau, for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 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. On June 29, 2015, Williams became the associate head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder. On June 1, 2016, it was announced that Williams would not return with the Thunder next season.
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.
Head coaching record
|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 %|
|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|