Sunday Discussion: Grading Monty Williams

NEW ORLEANS LA - DECEMBER 08: Head coach Monty Williams talks with Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets during the game between the Detroit Pistons at the New Orleans Arena on December 8 2010 in New Orleans Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and or using this photograph User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

We're almost two months into Monty Williams' tenure as Head Coach, and I think we've seen enough of him to form some early opinions. Let's discuss Monty's early performance as Head Coach – what grade would you give him? Was he the best out of the candidates the Hornets considered during the offseason?

Some quick and dirty pros and cons:

Pros

  • Consistent focus on defense has led to results - Conference-best defensive efficiency
  • Appears to have turned team around after a nasty slide punctuated by the NBA's buyout of the Hornets
  • Seems to be keeping Chris Paul happy

Cons

  • Questionable decisions with playing time – Green vs. Thornton, Gray vs. Mbenga
  • The stagnant offense has been the second worst in the Western Conference
  • The Hornets have had bad second halves in several games (e.g. Spurs, Heat)

Let's kick the subject around in the comments. 

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