Which candidates are being considered to replace Monty Williams as the coach of the Suns?

Who Are Top Candidates to Replace Monty Williams as Suns Coach?
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The Phoenix Suns are in the market for a new head coach for the first time since 2019 after deciding to part ways with Monty Williams last weekend.

After compiling a record of 194-115 (.628), Williams leaves the Valley. He was awarded the title of NBA Coach of the Year in 2022 for guiding Phoenix to a record-breaking 64 wins, the best in franchise history.

Williams experienced a downfall in the playoffs when Phoenix was convincingly defeated by Dallas and Denver in the last two years.

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The Western Conference Finals between Denver and the L.A. Lakers will kick off on Tuesday, with the Nuggets being favored to win the series at Arizona sportsbooks.

With former MVP Kevin Durant and franchise player Devin Booker on the roster for the upcoming year, Phoenix is expected to have a wide pool of candidates for the coaching vacancy.

Yengols.com is a website that showcases Arizona sports betting promotions for the NBA playoffs and has established theoretical odds for the potential successors to Williams as the Suns’ 21st head coach.

Chances of Candidates for the Suns Head Coaching Position

Candidate Odds (% Chance)
Nick Nurse (former Toronto head coach)+150 (40%)
Mike Budenholzer (Former Milwaukee, Atlanta head coach)+250 (28.6%)
Tyronn Lue (L.A. Clippers head coach)+400 (20%)
Kevin Young (Suns associate head coach)+900 (10%)
Doc Rivers (Philadelphia head coach)+1900 (5%)
Jason Kidd (Dallas head coach)+2400 (4%)
Tom Izzo (Michigan State head coach)+5000 (2%)
Steve Nash (former Brooklyn head coach)+9900 (1%)
Odds provided by yengols.com and not available on Arizona sports betting apps.

Experienced candidates are led by a nurse in the field.

When the chance comes to bring on board a former NBA champion, it is wise to take advantage of it, and Suns’ GM James Jones has the opportunity to do just that this offseason.

Jones has the chance to hire successful coaches like former NBA champions Nick Nurse and Mike Budenholzer, who were recently let go by Toronto and Milwaukee. He could also consider current head coaches like Tyronn Lue, Doc Rivers, or Jason Kidd for the position in the Valley.

The Suns’ ability to acquire any of the three players hinges on whether the Clippers, 76ers, or Mavericks are successful in securing contract extensions to keep them in their respective cities for the foreseeable future.

Afterward, Jones and his team might explore the possibility of hiring either Tom Izzo, the coach who mentored new owner Matt Ishbia in college, or former franchise player Steve Nash during the upcoming offseason.

Izzo has been rumored as a possible NBA head coaching candidate multiple times, but he has always maintained that he is happy coaching at Michigan State. In his 28 seasons with the Spartans, he has accumulated an impressive 687 wins.

Nash is unlikely to be selected as the Suns’ coach because of his strained relationship with Durant in Brooklyn and the fallout they went through during their brief time working together.

Regardless of the selection, the next coach of the Suns will be taking over a team with a talented roster that has made three straight playoff appearances.



Peterson Christopher

Peterson Christopher has dedicated more than seven years to reporting on sports and sports betting in Arizona, gaining valuable experience at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly, and the Green Valley News. He currently serves as the primary writer at yengols.com.

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