The Memphis Grizzlies have found their next head coach, and he is a product of Mike Budenholzer.
The Grizzlies have hired Milwaukee Bucks assistant Taylor Jenkins as their next head coach. Jenkins has been a part of Mike Budenholzer‘s staff for the past five years in Milwaukee and Atlanta.
Budenholzer has been one of the hottest coaches in the NBA for the past few years so the Grizzlies are hoping Jenkins can bring some of Budenholzer’s philosophies to Memphis.
Budenholzer is similar to Los Angeles Rams’ head coach Sean McVay. An assistant coach that has been affiliated with McVay in any way seems to be getting a job, and the same goes for Budenholzer’s assistants.
The Grizzlies’ new executive vice president of basketball operations, Zach Kleiman, led the coaching search for the Grizzlies and made a really good call. Kleiman is setting the Grizzlies up with a fairly young coach who has been known to be a good teacher to help lead this rebuild.
This hire could also decide if Jonas Valanciunas returns to Memphis next season and what free agents want to play under Jenkins.
I like this hire for the Grizzlies. Jenkins is an up-and-coming coach and could be very successful very quick with the right team. He clicks with the players and has experience with multiple NBA franchises, including the Spurs.
This also could impact the decision on who the Grizzlies draft. The front office has shown interest in Morant, but if Jenkins thinks Barrett could be the better player for the future of the franchise, then they could end up going that way.
Jenkins is now the third head coach since 2016 for the Grizzlies. It’s hard to be successful when there’s that much turnover in a franchise. For now, the Grizzlies may have found their next guy in Jenkins, and I think he could end up sticking around for a long time.