The Hornets have reportedly added four years to the contract of coach Monty Williams. Williams has been a very good coach for them throughout the last two years, despite two very different teams. After going 46-36 in his first season in New Orleans, the loss of Chris Paul and David West caused the Hornets to drop to 21-45. The main similarity between the two seasons, was how much the teams overproduced. In the first season, they had Paul and West, but beyond that, not much else. Last year they were without Paul and West and had injuries to Gordon and Emeka Okafor and won way more than they should have considering their two best players were Chris Kaman and Jarrett Jack.
Now with a new owner and a revamped roster including top pick Anthony Davis, lottery pick Austin Rivers, reining Most Improved Player, Ryan Anderson and a resigned and healthy Eric Gordon, Williams should be able to improve on their 21-45 record immensely. They may not make the playoffs this year, but with great management, coaching and a young and very talented roster, the Hornets are on the rise. The team made a very wise decision in keeping Williams as he has shown the ability to get the very best out of his players and seems to have solid relationships with his players, which are two very important things for a young basketball team to have. It is safe to say that with Monty Williams on board the team has one of the brightest coaches in the league on board for the next few years. The New Orleans Hornets are definitely going places and Williams is the right leader and is the right coach who can take this team to the playoffs and even further.