Tier list of rumored candidates for the Milwaukee Bucks’ coaching job

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Tier 3 of Milwaukee Bucks’ candidates – I’m intrigued

James Borrego: Among the more underrated names in this search is James Borrego. Although the Hornets never made the playoffs under Borrego, his teams saw a 10-win increase in his last three years as head coach, going from 23 to 33 to 43. During that 43-win season, the Hornets ranked eighth in offensive rating and led the NBA in assists per game, per NBA.com. Perhaps Borrego could bring some of that offense to Milwaukee, as this team needs someone who can keep the wheels turning on that side of the basketball. Keep an eye on Borrego as this search intensifies.

Frank Vogel: One year before the Bucks won their title, Frank Vogel led the Lakers to a title in the NBA Bubble. Vogel’s calling card that season was defense, as the Lakers were formidable on that side of things all season. He could bring some of that defensive expertise to Milwaukee and make sure this team stays strong on that side of things. Vogel’s style on the offensive end is nothing to write home about, which could make some hesitant to bring him in, and understandably so. Still, that championship ring and years of prior experience make Vogel at least somewhat compelling.

Monty Williams: At this point in time, it seems like Monty Williams is the frontrunner for the Bucks’ job. Williams has been on Milwaukee’s radar for years, as they also interviewed him for their opening back in 2018. Their interest makes sense, as Williams had a great run in Phoenix, having won Coach of the Year, coached his team to the NBA Finals, and had the Suns atop the league record-wise one season. The questions about Williams involve his ability to make major adjustments in key moments. It’s among the reasons why the Bucks came back from an 0-2 hole against the Suns in the 2021 NBA Finals. The Bucks have had an adjustment problem for years, so bringing in Williams would be somewhat worrisome. However, he’s still a somewhat interesting candidate for the job due to his experience and resume.