New Orleans Pelicans: Top Replacements For Head Coach Monty Williams
Replacing Fired Coach Monty Williams
May 12, 2015
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The New Orleans Pelicans fired Monty Williams after five seasons and a playoff appearance this season. Williams racked up a 173-221 record in his time with the Pelicans and helped this young roster take a giant step forward this year.
The Pelicans have an emerging superstar in Anthony Davis and nearly a clean slate of contracts a year from now, so coaches will be intrigued to become the new coach in New Orleans.
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Here are some names the Pelicans should consider in replacing Williams as head coach.
Tom Thibodeau - There’s still rumors floating around that Tom Thibodeau is going to be fired by the Chicago Bulls regardless of what happens in these playoffs. If that’s the case, the Pelicans would be foolish not to give him a call. Thibodeau is one of the top coaches in the game and a brilliant defensive mind who could help take these Pelicans to the next level. New Orleans is such a young team that a tough nosed head coach could be the right fit. With an elite center in place and Thibodeau’s already relationship with Davis during the Olympics, this would be a home run hire for the Pelicans.
Mark Jackson - It’s only a matter of time before Mark Jackson becomes an NBA head coach, and any time a new job opens up, his name should be on the list. Jackson won 52.6 percent of his games with the Golden State Warriors and helped get them to the level they’re at right now. Fired for reasons other than basketball, Jackson has proven he has what it takes to succeed at this level and is the ultimate player's coach. This young Pelicans team would love to play for a coach such as Jackson, and his likeable personality may be just enough to make sure Davis resigns with the team long term.
Mike Malone - Mike Malone would likely come a lot cheaper than the other two guys, as he was just 39-67 in two years with the Sacramento Kings. While the record isn’t pretty, Malone wasn’t exactly working with a full deck. Malone is a bright defensive mind and will be somebody who will hold this young team accountable for their actions. Also, Malone is a hands on head coach and one of a few who was able to breakthrough to DeMarcus Cousins. Malone would have a much greater chance to succeed in New Orleans and is somebody who could stick around for a long time.
Scott Brooks - Why not replace one coach who shouldn’t have been fired with another? All Scott Brooks did was win 62 percent of his games with the Oklahoma City Thunder, which included a trip to the NBA Finals in 2011. Brooks may not be the brightest X’s and O’s coach in the world, but he knows how to win games and took a decent OKC team to a title contender in a couple of years. Brooks has the track record and with a young and talented Pelicans squad, he could be the guy to prove to the Thunder that they made a mistake.
John Calipari - My wild card is going to be John Calipari. Yes, Calipari has a great job coaching the Kentucky Wildcats and won under 40 percent of his games when he coached the New Jersey Nets. However, the only way I see Calipari even considering leaving UK, is having a chance to coach his former player in Davis. Those two made magic happen in one season together and they still have a strong relationship to this day. You want to pretty much guarantee Davis doesn’t leave New orleans? Find a way to bring Calipari to town.