PHOENIX SUNS

Jared Dudley: Monty Williams ‘would be big-time’ hire for Suns

May 1, 2019, 3:21 PM | Updated: 8:44 pm
New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams calls out from the bench during the first half of an NBA ...
New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams calls out from the bench during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in New Orleans, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The theme of the Phoenix Suns’ last three permanent head coaching hires has been inexperience.

Jeff Hornacek, Earl Watson and Igor Kokoskov all had no prior experience as head coaches in the NBA and all three failed in Phoenix.

That, along with the Suns’ current situation, seemingly makes that the X-factor in the team’s search for a new head coach now more than ever.

Former Phoenix Suns forward and current Brooklyn Net Jared Dudley joined 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Bickley & Marotta to give some credence to that claim.

“It’s very important,” Dudley said. “Someone that’s been there, someone that’s had success, someone that’s highly coveted. I remember last year when they were going after (Mike) Budenholzer — I wanted them to hire Budenholzer.”

The favorite in the current search has been former New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams, who is currently an assistant with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Williams coached New Orleans for five seasons from 2010-15, making the playoffs twice. He returned to coaching this season after stepping away following the death of his wife in 2016.

Dudley notes that Williams checks a whole lot of boxes.

“Monty would be big-time for the Suns,” he said. “His leadership skills, accountability skills — when he walks in he’s a leader of men. I thought his Xs and Os that I had heard through other players, players respect him.

“You’re not going to be able to disrespect him or undermine anything he has to do and I really think if not the Suns, there will be a team he’s a head coach for really, really soon.”

Williams has reportedly had one interview already with the Suns and a second is coming. He is also in the mix for the Los Angeles Lakers’ head coaching vacancy, per reports.

The Suns also reportedly interviewed Portland assistants Nate Tibbetts and David Vanterpool.

Penguin Air

Phoenix Suns

Deandre Ayton #22 of the Phoenix Suns warms up before the game against the Sacramento Kings at Gold...
Sam Graveline

ESPN’s Pelton gives Phoenix Suns ‘C+’ offseason grade

Despite the Phoenix Suns being among the few teams to dominate the offseason news cycle, ESPN's Kevin Pelton gave them a C+ grade.
1 day ago
Cameron Johnson #23 of the Phoenix Suns throws up a shot during the second half of the NBA game at ...
Kellan Olson

Suns’ Cam Johnson to coach at Basketball Without Borders camp in Australia

Cam Johnson will be coaching some of the top prospects from the Asia-Pacific region at a Basketball Without Borders camp in Australia.
2 days ago
Ish Wainright #12 of the Phoenix Suns reacts after a teammate scored against the Los Angeles Lakers...
Kevin Zimmerman

Ish Wainright on Suns return, when NFL career was toast and Game 7

Ish Wainright hit on a few topics on Bickley & Marotta, including how he feels the Suns have responded to their Game 7 loss.
3 days ago
Follow @KellanOlson...
Kellan Olson

Devin Booker’s signature Phoenix Suns moves tracked for NBA 2K23

Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker will grace the cover of NBA 2K23 and the game will feature his signature moves.
4 days ago
Ish Wainright #12 of the Phoenix Suns during the second half of Game Five of the Western Conference...
Kellan Olson

Ish Wainright returns to Phoenix Suns on 2-way contract, per report

The Phoenix Suns have agreed to a two-way contract with forward Ish Wainright, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.
5 days ago
Duane Washington Jr. #4 of the Indiana Pacers reacts after forcing a turnover by Trae Young #11 of ...
Jake Anderson

Phoenix Suns sign guard Duane Washington Jr. to 2-way contract

The Phoenix Suns have officially signed guard Duane Washington Jr. to a two-way contract, the team announced Wednesday.
5 days ago
Jared Dudley: Monty Williams ‘would be big-time’ hire for Suns