By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Memphis Grizzlies have found their new head coach. The team has hired Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Taylor Jenkins as their new head coach.
He replaces J.B. Bickerstaff, who was fired after the season. Bickerstaff was the Grizzlies head coach for one full season and a significant part of another.
This is the first head coaching opportunity for Jenkins. In fact, he is the third Mike Budenholzer assistant to get a head coaching job.
Quinn Snyder was hired by the Utah Jazz. In addition, Kenny Atkinson was hired by the Brooklyn Nets.
Before joining the Bucks staff, Jenkins spent five seasons with the Atlanta Hawks on Budenholzer’s staff.
Budenholzer, Jenkins, and the staff helped the Bucks have a career season. They were the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference before being eliminated in the playoffs by the Toronto Raptors.
Jenkins is taking over a franchise that is rebuilding. The team is also expected to deal its aging star Mike Conley Jr., who has spent his entire career with the franchise.
With the No. 2 overall pick in June’s draft, the Grizzlies are expected to select his replacement Ja Morant. The dynamic guard will be Conley Jr.’s replacement for the years to come.
Jenkins and the front office will also have other decisions to make, as the team hopes to get back to the playoffs in the near future. Memphis does have some nice pieces to go with Morant, but this process may take several years before they are good again.