The Bucks Are Bringing In Giannis Antetokounmpo To Recruit Mike Budenholzer

Posted May 17, 2018

Mike Budenholzer, who spent 17 seasons as an assistant for the San Antonio Spurs under Gregg Popovich, has been named the Milwaukee Bucks head coach, according to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Milwaukee Bucks have reportedly agreed to a deal with former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer to become the team's head coach.

It was reported in early May that Budenholzer was on the list of coaching candidates for the Bucks, along with former Grizzlies coach David Fizdale, former Cavaliers coach David Blatt, Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon and others.

In five seasons calling the shots for Atlanta, Budenholzer managed to collect 213 wins against 197 losses in 410 total games on the sidelines. Despite Antetokounmpo finishing fourth in the league in Defensive Box Plus-Minus past year, the Bucks' defense ranked in the bottom half of the league in points allowed per 100 possessions.

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Now with the Bucks, Mike Budenholzer will oversee a team filled with young talent.

After the Hawks' season ended in April, Budenholzer was allowed to interview with the Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks, even though he still had two years left on his contract. He won four National Basketball Association titles as a member of Spurs' staff.

Budenholzer flew to Milwaukee for the Wednesday morning meeting with the Bucks players. In that season, he led the Hawks to a 60-22 record and they were the best team in the Eastern Conference that season before coming up short in the playoffs.

It is a relatively unprecedented move in a head coaching search, but it clearly reflects the Bucks determination to make Antetokounmpo and Middleton feel a part of the process. He won the NBA's Coach of the Year award back in 2014-15.