Monty Eli Williams (born October 8, 1971) is an American retired professional basketball player. He recently was 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 the United States national team under Mike Krzyzewski.
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.
On August 18, 2012, Williams accepted a four-year contract extension from the New Orleans Pelicans (before Hornets). At the date of his hiring, Williams became the youngest head coach in the NBA at 38 years old. 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.
Career NBA statistics
Points 2,884 (6.3 ppg)
Rebounds 1,296 (2.8 rpg)
Assists 544 (1.2 apg)
FIBA U21 World Championship
Gold medal – first place 1993 Valladolid National team
Assistant Coach for United States
Gold medal – first place 2014 Spain Team