I believe everyone in the state of Wisconsin would agree that the No. 1 person the Milwaukee Bucks should hire as their head coach is Stan Van Gundy. Unfortunately, Van Gundy is one of the highest sought after free agent coaches on the market, which means Milwaukee most likely does not stand a chance. Should the Bucks look at another top candidate, such as Avery Johnson, to lead the team in the ensuing years?
Let’s be honest, Van Gundy would be quite the catch. His track record is unbelievable and he could pull in some talented players to a city that no one wants to play in. However, Van Gundy wants to go to a top contender where he can win an NBA Championship, and Milwaukee will simply not be that place next year. In fact, there is a good chance the Bucks will lose three of their stars in the offseason.
There are still several valuable coaching candidates available besides Van Gundy. Johnson is the quickest head coach to reach 150 career wins, which only took him 191 games to accomplish. He also has a 254-186 career record in the regular season, but drops off to 23-24 in the playoffs. Regardless of his postseason record, he is capable of getting the most out of his players.
Even though Johnson has had the privilege of coaching some talented players, he also has shown the ability to coach up players that need help. He likes to utilize an aggressive style of basketball, something that would fit perfectly in Milwaukee. The Bucks have shown in the past that when they play fast pace, aggressive basketball, they can hang with the best of them.
It is hard to say if Johnson would even accept the job if he were offered the position in Milwaukee. The fact is he is another sought after coach that will be looking for a quick way to an NBA Championship opposed to a fixer-upper, which the Bucks clearly are. With that being said, Milwaukee would be foolish not to even interview him to see what his thought process is on joining the organization.