Tavares Montgomery (Monty) Williams, Jr. (born October 8, 1971, in Fredericksburg, Virginia) is a retired American professional basketball player and current head coach for the New Orleans Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A 6'8' small forward from the University of Notre Dame, Williams was an NBA first-round pick despite a pre-existing heart condition. He was selected by the New York Knicks in the first round (24th overall) of the 1994 NBA Draft. Williams played in 9 NBA seasons from 1994 to 2003. He played for the Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets, Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers. In his NBA career, Williams played in 456 games and scored a total of 2,884 points. On April 8, 1997, he scored a career high 30 points as a member of the Spurs against the Denver Nuggets. In 2005, Williams was hired by new head coach Nate McMillan as an assistant coach for the Portland Trail Blazers.
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