Mike Budenholzer: A
Jason Kidd and Joe Prunty were two of the most outmatched coaches in recent Bucks’ history. Each one struggled to adapt to the pace of the NBA and were exposed at almost every turn. That was never more apparent for Prunty then when he went up against mastermind Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.
Milwaukee hit a home run in solving this issue, as they agreed to a deal to bring Budenholzer in as their head man. Budenholzer was a long-time assistant in San Antonio under Gregg Popovich. This has proven to be tremendously helpful and allowed him to be successful in Atlanta.
With the Hawks, Budenholzer led them to a 60-win season despite having a traditional Superstar. Instead, he relied on ball movement and team defense to propel the Hawks to winning record after winning record. Even though they had a down year in 2017, Budenholzer was the best coach available this season, earning the grade of an A to tip things off.