Each NBA season brings its fair share of changes at the top and a sense of renewed optimism
With the strong drive for success within the NBA, there is an inevitable carousel of head coaches. These coaches all bring a distinct coaching style and philosophy to the League and their respective franchises, and the right coach can often make or break a budding young team. In the upcoming NBA season, here are some new faces who will be entrusted with the mammoth task of bringing their teams to the next level.
Mike Budenholzer (Milwaukee Bucks): Budenholzer comes with a lofty reputation, having molded the Atlanta Hawks into a legitimate title threat in his stint there. He ran a motion offense that was founded on teamwork as well as smart reads and cuts, turning a team full of role players into a 60-win team and the top seed in the East. With Milwaukee, Budenholzer will get the superstar he was previously lacking in Giannis Antetokounmpo, but he will have to work some magic to implement a system based on constant motion with a young team built on length, athleticism and defensive potential.
Igor Kokoskov (Phoenix Suns): The Suns are a talented but young team that has struggled in recent years, and they are hoping the first European head coach in the NBA will help them to break through that wall. Kokoskov has had head coaching experience with Slovenia, having led the underdogs to the EuroBasket title in 2017 over favorites Serbia, Spain and France. He has a reputation for player development, especially with guards, and has a knack for running effective offensive schemes that maximize spacing for his teams. His experience with coaching all-world prospect Luka Doncic with the Slovenian national team will add to his resume too.
To be decided (Toronto Raptors): The Raptors have yet to announce their replacement for Dwane Casey, but there will be big shoes to fill in Toronto as Casey has led the team to three straight 50-win seasons and the number one seed in the Eastern Conference this year. With the departure of the defensive guru, the Raptors will be hoping to hire a coach who can bring their offense to new heights as well.