Mike Budenholzer Hired as Phoenix Suns Head Coach

The Phoenix Suns appoint Mike Budenholzer as their new head coach, signing him to a five-year, $50 million deal. Budenholzer, a two-time NBA Coach of the Year, joins the Suns after leading the Milwaukee Bucks to the 2021 NBA championship.

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Mike Budenholzer Hired as Phoenix Suns Head Coach

Mike Budenholzer Hired as Phoenix Suns Head Coach

The Phoenix Suns have appointed Mike Budenholzer as their new head coach, signing him to a five-year, $50 million deal. Budenholzer, a two-time NBA Coach of the Year, joins the Suns after leading the Milwaukee Bucks to the 2021 NBA championship, where they defeated the Suns in the Finals.

Suns owner Mat Ishbia expressed his excitement about the hiring, stating, "We're excited to name Mike as the head coach of the Phoenix Suns and bring him back to his home state of Arizona. Mike has proven himself to be among the most successful head coaches in the NBA. He is the right leader to take us to the next level and reach our championship goals."

Budenholzer, a native of Holbrook, Arizona, has a proven track record of success in the NBA. He has a career coaching record of 484-317 over 10 seasons, spending five years each with the Atlanta Hawks and the Milwaukee Bucks. Under his leadership, his teams have reached the playoffs nine times, including three Conference Finals appearances and one NBA championship.

As the new head coach of the Suns, Budenholzer will be tasked with empowering the team's All-Star trio of Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, and Bradley Beal. The Suns finished the 2023-24 season with a 49-33 record but were swept by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first round of the playoffs, leading to the firing of previous head coach Frank Vogel after just one season.

Budenholzer's experience in creating successful offenses without a traditional point guard bodes well for the Suns. During his tenures with the Hawks and Bucks, he worked with scoring point guards like Jeff Teague and Dennis Schroder, complementary pieces like Eric Bledsoe, and well-rounded guards like Jrue Holiday, who played a key role in the Bucks' 2021 championship run.

Upon his hiring, Budenholzer expressed his gratitude and excitement, saying, "I am honored to be named head coach of the Phoenix Suns, the team I grew up watching. I would like to thank Mat Ishbia, Josh Bartelstein and James Jones for the opportunity to lead this team. I'm grateful to have a talented roster of players who are ready to compete and play a style of basketball that will bring out the best in all of them, and bring them together as we compete for championships."

The Phoenix Suns, who have never won an NBA championship in their 56-year history, are hoping that Budenholzer's leadership and championship experience will help guide the team to new heights. With a talented roster featuring Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, Bradley Beal, Aaron Gordon, and Royce O'Neale, expectations are high for the Suns as they enter a new era under Budenholzer's guidance.

Key Takeaways

  • Mike Budenholzer named Phoenix Suns' new head coach on 5-year, $50M deal.
  • Budenholzer, 2-time NBA Coach of the Year, led Bucks to 2021 NBA championship.
  • Suns aim to leverage Budenholzer's experience to empower All-Star trio: Durant, Booker, Beal.
  • Budenholzer's offense expertise fits well with Suns' roster, lacking traditional point guard.
  • Suns seek first NBA championship in 56-year history under Budenholzer's leadership.