MILWAUKEE — Adrian Griffin is the new Milwaukee Bucks head coach, the team announced Monday.
Griffin has coached in the NBA for 15 years; he spent the last five basketball seasons as an assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors.
“I’m incredibly honored and grateful to Wes, Jamie, Dee, Jimmy and Jon to be named the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks,” said Griffin. “The Bucks are a championship organization and I’m thrilled to work with an established roster of high character and talented players. I’m excited to be back in Milwaukee and I can’t wait to get started.”
Before working with the Raptors, Griffin was as assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder for two seasons (2016 to 2018). He’s also been an assistant coach for the Orlando Magic (2015 to 2016), Chicago Bulls (2010 to 2015) and the Bucks (2008 to 2010). Over 15 seasons, his teams made the playoffs 11 times.
He helped the Raptors win the NBA title in 2019.
“Adrian is a widely-respected coach and former player, who brings great leadership and experience to our team,” said Bucks general manager Jon Horst. “His championship-level coaching pedigree, character, basketball acumen and ability to connect with and develop players make him the ideal choice to lead our team. He has earned this opportunity.”
He will be the Bucks’ 17th head coach.
Griffin is originally from Wichita, Kansas. He played in the NBA for nine years, dawning jerseys for Boston, Dallas, Houston, Chicago and Seattle from 1999 to 2008. During his career, he played in 477 regular-season games and 48 playoff games.
Griffin played at Seton Hall in college for four years, earning All-Big East Second Team Honors as a senior. He was inducted into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010. After college, he played professionally in the United States Basketball League, the Continental Basketball Association and internationally in Italy.
“Adrian is well-regarded throughout the NBA, and we believe that his vast experience working under and playing for successful head coaches makes him the right person to guide our team in competing for championships,” said Bucks co-owners Wes Edens, Jamie Dinan and Dee and Jimmy Haslam. “Following a widespread coaching search, we are extremely impressed by Adrian’s leadership and communication skills and welcome him to the Bucks family.”