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Next Milwaukee Bucks Head Coach Odds: Who Will Replace Adrian Griffin?

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Next Milwaukee Bucks Head Coach Odds: Who Will Replace Adrian Griffin?

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In a shocking move to many outsiders, but less so to those close to the situation, the Milwaukee Bucks fired head coach Adrian Griffin just 43 games into his first season. The Bucks were 30-13 at the time of the move – the second-best record in the Eastern Conference. 

But an apparent struggle to get onto the same page with the star players, including a “professional” but clear level of frustration coming out of some timeouts, likely had Bucks management proactive in seeking a veteran coach that can lead the Bucks to a second NBA championship in four seasons. 

Bookies.com veteran oddsmaker Adam Thompson has revealed his NBA odds for the next full-time Bucks coach. 

Milwaukee Bucks Next Coach Odds

CoachOddsImplied Probability
Doc Rivers+15040.0%
Terry Stotts+25028.6%
Mike D’Antoni+50016.7%
Kenny Atkinson+9509.5%
Mike Budenholzer+10009.1%
Steve Nash+15006.3%
The Field+9509.5%

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Who Will Be Milwaukee Bucks Next Coach?

The Bucks rank No. 2 in the NBA in scoring, up from sixth last year under Mike Budenholzer. But they’re 25th in total defense, down from 14th. Griffin’s apparent inability to get onto the same page with the Bucks’ stars is likely why the move is being made now. 

The team will be looking to rectify that here. 

“They want an accomplished veteran head coach who is available,” ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski said soon after Griffin’s firing. 

Doc Rivers, who guided the Celtics to an NBA title and has won over 1,000 games as coach over 24 seasons, was immediately named a favorite to get the gig. Rivers is a Chicago native and Marquette alum and has experience guiding star players to success. Bucks fans have looked to Rivers as a potentially great fit for Giannis Antetokounmpo, and now Damian Lillard. 

The Bucks could lick their wounds and go back to Mike Budenholzer, who guided the team to the NBA title in 2020-21. He was let go after last season, which included a first-round playoff exit as the No. 1 seed.

Terry Stotts, former Bucks assistant, and Trail Blazers head coach has strong ties to the team. He was expected to assist Griffin this season, but resigned before the season began, reportedly due to a tenuous relationship with Griffin. 

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Mark D’Antoni is 72 but is considered one of the top offensive coaches in NBA history. He’s currently working as an advisor for the New Orleans Pelicans, but would presumably be available for a head opportunity.

Steve Nash guided the Brooklyn Nets to two winning seasons but was let go seven games into the 2022-23 season. 

Kenny Atkinson, current assistant of the Warriors, would not fit the mantra of “immediately available.” But he was the other finalist for the Bucks position when it went to Griffin. 

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NFL writer and expert Adam Thompson joined Bookies.com in 2019 after a successful run as senior handicapper for SportsLine and CBSSports.com. He's long been established as one of the nation's premier handicappers, specializing in the NFL where he's hit on more than 60% over the past three years. Adam's NBA, PGA and horse racing picks have also produced major winners over the last 12 months. His customized NFL and NBA odds for players and teams have been picked up by hundreds of websites over the past year.