Phoenix Suns: 5 takeaways from the 2018-19 National Basketball Association season

Ross Houston
May 4, 2019

After Los Angeles fired head coach Luke Walton, Williams and Tyronn Lue emerged as replacement options.

The Phoenix Suns have hired Monty Williams to serve as the team's new head coach, the Suns announced on Friday. He will take over as Phoenix's fifth coach in five seasons when the 76ers' playoff run ends. "Monty is well respected for his coaching pedigree, leadership and commitment to the community, all of which make him the ideal person to lead our team moving forward".

Williams, 47, is the Suns' seventh coach in an eight-season span. Despite leading the team to a playoff berth in the 2014-15 season, Williams was let go after building a career mark of 173-221. He reportedly has a five-year contract in Phoenix.

The Williams addition should no doubt be considered a victory for a franchise that's already promoted interim general manager James Jones to a formal position this offseason, brought in outside executive Jeff Bower and parted ways Igor Kokoskov.

Of course, the Sixers could very likely still be competing in the National Basketball Association playoffs when that date rolls around in less than two weeks - but Monty will surely be keeping a close eye on those ping pong balls. With the team coming off the second-worst record in franchise history, it's perfectly reasonable for everyone to want to put this season out of sight and out of mind.

Williams returned to the bench this season with Philadelphia.

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