In NBA coaching merry-go-round continues this summer with Monty Williams and the Detroit Pistons agreeing to partner up.
After a very successful stint with the Phoenix Suns, Monty Williams has reportedly agreed to a six-year, $72 million deal to become the head coach of the Detroit Pistons.
Detroit Pistons Hire Monty Williams as New Coach
The 53-year-old Williams was one of the key figures that launched the Phoenix Suns into championship contention the past few seasons. After missing the playoffs from 2011 through 2020, the franchise has earned three consecutive playoff births, including an NBA Finals participation in 2021.
Since then, Williams coached the club to the best record in the league during 2021-2022, although the Dallas Mavericks famously eliminated them in Game 7 of the second round. Their performances during the season earned Williams coach of the year honours. They also made the playoffs this past season but couldn’t overcome the Denver Nuggets, again failing in the second round of the playoffs. With players like Devin Booker and Kevin Durant in the lineup, more was expected by Suns brass, hence Williams was let go
The same cannot be said of the Detroit Pistons, who agreed to part ways with former Raptors head coach Dwane Casey after a 17-65 season. Detroit has only two postseason appearances in 14 years, and both stints lasted the blink of an eye with first-round sweeps.
The Pistons were surely hoping that luck would smile on them in the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes, but the franchise landed fifth in line for this summer’s NBA Draft. It isn’t as if they have no talent to build upon. Jaden Ivy proved his worth many times this season, as did Bojan Bogdanovic. Cade Cunningham also had a decent campaign. It’s going to be a matter of drafting intelligently and making the most out of this talented but rough the edges group.