Almost nobody did a better job last year than Monty Williams as head coach for the Phoenix Suns. He finished just behind Tom Thibodeau for the NBA’s Coach of the Year Award, captaining his team back to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1993.
Before he agreed to become Phoenix’s head coach two years ago, Williams struggled a bit after the New Orleans Pelicans let him go following the 2014-15 season, failing to attract much interest as a head coach. So with his efforts, last year played out as a renaissance campaign for both the Suns and Williams himself.
But while consistently addressing his players, fellow coaches, and the Phoenix faithful with the upmost integrity, Williams also earned high praise extending even beyond all that he attained purely off his team’s success. He would never agree with this statement due to his outstanding humility, but Williams embodies exactly what every NBA team wants in a leader right now.
But even though it might seem like Williams can do no wrong, that remains far from the truth. Williams is still human and naturally subject to make mistakes—so things might not work out for the Suns this season as well as they did during the one prior.
With Phoenix possessing such a loaded roster, Williams’s greatest task deals with assembling the most effective rotation possible for the 2021-22 season. But while doing so, he must avoid these three mistakes if he wants to guide the Suns back to the NBA Finals and expand on his coaching pedigree.