NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Up until a brutal 20-point fourth quarter collapse in Game 3 of their NBA playoff series, Pelicans coach Monty Williams had seemingly done enough this season to remove the cloud of uncertainty from over his head, but once again, his job status is uncertain.
Williams remains under contract for one more year, but there have been no public statements made regarding his future or job security. Since the franchise drafted Anthony Davis, there has been significant progress made, from 27 wins in 2013 to 34 last year and 45 this past season. The Pelicans also made the playoffs for the first time in four years, and despite not winning a game, they were competitive against the league's best team in Golden State. Anthony Davis, the face of the Pelicans franchise, has been quick to voice his support for Monty Williams.
"He's a great coach and the whole team loves him, the organization loves him so I don't know what's going to happen," Davis said. "It's none of my business, but he's done a lot for the organization since he's been here. He takes so much heat and he really doesn't let it bother him, he makes sure that he stays focused on his goal which is the team and making the organization better, that's what he's done since he's been here, and he's helped everybody out."
Williams is known as a defensive-minded coach, and the Pelicans were just outside the top third of the NBA in points allowed (98.6), and the Pels were actually second-best in the league during the regular season in defending the three point shot (33.5%). however, their offense was inconsistent. Too many times the team struggled to put points on the board during clutch stretches.
Nola.com's John Reid says a veteran offensive-minded assistant could be what Monty Williams needs to take this team to the next level.
"I think some changes need to be made," Reid said. "I think he probably needs to add a little more experience on his coaching staff and probably rely on them a little bit more because I think this team has had some problems offensively in going up against some of these top Western Conference teams, too many times this season, I've seen lapses, I've seen thirteen point quarters."
Monty Williams will hold his end of the year press conference Tuesday morning at 10:00.