The Milwaukee Bucks have come to terms with Mike Budenholzer to become their new head coach.
Budenholzer, 48, spent the past five seasons as the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks, compiling a 213-197 record. In 2015, the Hawks had the best record in the Eastern Conference and advanced all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Hawks made the playoffs in four of Budenholzer’s five seasons with the team.
Budenholzer, who will replace interim coach Joe Prunty, was the NBA Coach of the Year in 2015 and favors a fast paced style with the type of ball movement and shooting prevalent in the modern NBA.
Budenholzer won four NBA Championships as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs and the Bucks were able to outbid several other serious contenders for Budenholzers’ services, including the Toronto Raptors.
The Bucks are coming off a strong season that saw them win 44 games and take the Boston Celtics to a decisive Game 7 in the first round of the playoffs. However, the team was in clear need of a leading voice with championship experience and Budenholzer has shown in his tenure as a head coach to be a strong leader.