The news we have been patiently waiting for since the Milwaukee Bucks announced Mike Budenholzer as their new head coach finally arrived. We now have a nearly complete picture of who will join Bud beside (and behind) him on the bench.
Mike Budenholzer will indeed bring five of his six Hawks assistants with him to Bucks - Darvin Ham, Taylor Jenkins, Ben Sullivan, Patrick St. Andrews and (previously reported) Charles Lee.— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) June 6, 2018
Among the five names listed, Ben Sullivan, has received the most praise around the league, especially when it comes to his ability to coach shooting. The Ringer profiled Sullivan’s coaching in 2016 and with the clamor for Giannis Antetokounmpo to develop a jump shot, Sullivan will be a welcome addition.
Former Bucks player, Darvin Ham, is Budenholzer’s lead assistant and he will be making his return to Milwaukee. Ham played for Milwaukee from 1999-2002 and delivered many “Ham Slamwiches” to whoever was unfortunate enough to get in his way:
The remaining question is which leftover assistant from the Jason Kidd-era will stick around with the new guys. Will the architect of the below average Buck defense and Giannis’ personal coach, Sean Sweeney, stick around? Will Josh Broghamer, and his minimal experience, make Bud’s cut?
Bud bringing a majority of his Atlanta staff over will make the transition on the court and in the locker room that much smoother.