When head coach Mike Budenholzer took over the Milwaukee Bucks, he immediately turned them into the best regular season team in the NBA. He helped Giannis Antetokounmpo elevate his game. Under his coaching, the Greek Freak has won two MVP Awards and a Defensive Player of the Year Award.
However, as great as the Bucks’ regular seasons have been, their postseasons have been great disappointments. In Bud’s first season, the Bucks lost in the Eastern Conference Finals to the eventual champion Raptors. Last year, the Bucks lost in the semi-finals to the Heat.
Coach Bud’s Questionable Lineups
This season, the Bucks revamped their roster. They traded Eric Bledsoe and George Hill along with three first round picks to acquire Jrue Holiday. They signed multiple free agents, meant to improve the team’s overall shooting. Bobby Portis, Bryn Forbes, DJ Augustine, and Torey Craig have all brought improved three-point shooting to the team.
The Bucks’ offense still ranks as one of the best in the NBA. However, coach Bud’s questionable lineups, especially late in games, have been very frustrating. For unknown reasons, he does not play the Bucks’ best defenders towards the end of close games. Perhaps he thinks the players he puts out there are the best defenders, but if that is the case, then he is sorely mistaken. If Coach Bud cannot figure out what schemes work by now, then there is something definitely wrong.
What Is Coach Doing?
Perhaps what is the most frustrating thing in Milwaukee is that there does not seem to be much action to fix what is broken. Granted, Coach Bud is trying a new offensive scheme, but as mentioned, the offense is not the problem.
It is on the defensive side of the ball that the Bucks are failing. Last season, they were the highest rated defense in the NBA. This year, they rank in the bottom half. Even the players are starting to look visibly frustrated over the coaching decisions.
Perhaps it is time for a change.