Monty Williams is an American professional basketball coach, executive and former player. He most recently was the head coach for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Despite missing two seasons at Notre Dame due to a pre-existing heart issue, Williams was selected in the first round of the NBA Draft.
In the first round of the 1994 NBA draft, the New York Knicks picked him (24th overall). From 1994 to 2003, Williams participated in nine NBA seasons.
He played for the Knicks up until 1996 when he moved to the San Antonio Spurs along with Charles Smith for Brad Lohaus, J.R. Reid, and a future first-round pick that would eventually become John Wallace. He joined the Denver Nuggets in 1999 but was cut after a month.
Williams was taken off waivers by the Orlando Magic and played for them until 2002, when he signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia 76ers. The Orlando Magic re-acquired Williams in 2003 after sending a conditional selection swap to Orlando.
Three days later, the Magic released him, officially putting an end to his basketball career. Williams played in 456 games for the NBA, notching 2,884 points overall and averaging 6.3 points per contest. He was forced to quit in 2003 due to persistent knee issues.
Williams was included in the Suns COVID-19 protocol on December 27, 2021. Due to his team’s league-best 40-9 record this season, Williams was selected as the Western Conference’s head coach for the 2022 NBA All-Star Game on January 30, 2022.
With a 53-13 record, Williams and the Suns became the first club to secure a playoff spot this season. With 64 victories and 18 defeats, the Suns set a franchise win record for the year. Williams was chosen to receive the NBCA Coach of the Year honour for the second time in a row.
Following his second-place finish in the voting the year before, Williams was awarded the NBA Coach of the Year for the 2021–22 season on March 9 after leading the Suns to a franchise-record 64 victories and the best record in the league.
What happened to Monty Williams?
On May 13, 2023, the Suns fired Williams.
Who are Monty Williams parents?
Monty Williams was born to Joyce Williams and Tavares Williams. He was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, United States.