24. Monty Williams
Monty Williams spent nine years in the NBA as a role player, getting selected in Round 1 of the 1994 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. He started 23 games in his rookie season and played a part in the team’s run toward an opportunity at the NBA championship.
During the 1995-96 season, Williams was traded to the San Antonio Spurs, the team he would spend the next two-and-a-half years on. It was also his best stint in the NBA.
Williams was part of the 1996-97 Spurs team that finished with a 20-62 record. It saw David Robinson miss most of the season due to injury, leaving players like Dominique Wilkins, Avery Johnson, Vinny Del Negro and Williams to lead the way.
With the extra on-court time, Williams delivered the best performance of his career. He averaged 9.0 points and 3.2 rebounds in 20.7 minutes per game. This included nearly 1 block per game, too.
Williams finished his playing career in 2003 and became a coach just two years later, which is what he’s most known for. He coached for five seasons with the New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans, making two playoff appearances, before getting fired after the second.
The Spurs are Williams’ employer now, as he’s a front office executive for them.