Quick FactsCollege: Michigan State
Years with the Bucks: 5
Scott Skiles became the 11th head coach in the history of the Milwaukee Bucks on April 21, 2008, and brought
eight seasons of NBA head coaching experience with him. In his first two seasons, he led the Bucks to an eightgame and 12-game improvement, respectively, from the previous year, including the franchise’s 26th playoff berth
during the 2009-10 season. Last year, the Bucks finished 31-35 and narrowly missed the final playoff spot in the
Eastern Conference. The 2011-12 squad featured a much-improved offense, with the Bucks finishing the season
ranked 5th in scoring and 3rd in assists per game after ranking 30th in both categories during the previous season.
Skiles, 48, has amassed an overall record of 427-417 (.506) as an NBA head coach (146-166, .468 with the Bucks), which includes previous stints with the Chicago Bulls and Phoenix Suns. He was hired as head coach of the Bulls on November 28, 2003, and inherited a 4-12 team. Following that season, he went on to guide the team to three consecutive seasons of better than 40 wins (45.7 average) and three postseason appearances, which followed a six-year playoff drought for Chicago. The Bulls won 49 games in 2006-07, their most since they went 62-20 in ’97-98, and swept the defending NBA champion Miami Heat 4-0 in the first round of the 2007 NBA playoffs.
The Plymouth, Ind., native received his first NBA head coaching assignment with the Phoenix Suns in 1999 when Danny Ainge resigned 20 games into the 1999-00 season. Skiles guided the Suns to a 40-22 mark the remainder of the year and his squad went on to upset the defending champion San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the 2000 NBA playoffs. The following year, he guided the Suns to a 51-31 record and again made the postseason. In his eight seasons with the Suns and Bulls, Skiles coached in five NBA postseasons (35 games, 15-20 record). He was originally hired as an assistant coach to Danny Ainge in Phoenix, a post he held for two-plus seasons. Prior to that he served as the head coach of PAOK in Greece. Overall he has coached in professional basketball for 12 seasons, 11 in the NBA as a head coach or assistant coach and one season in Greece.
Skiles enjoyed a 10-year NBA playing career and appeared in 600 career games (371 starts) with Milwaukee, Indiana, Orlando, Washington and Philadelphia. He was drafted by the Bucks in the first round (22nd overall) of the 1986 NBA Draft and played 13 games in Milwaukee during his rookie season. He maintained career averages of 11.1 points, 6.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds over those 10 seasons. He set an NBA single-game record (that still stands) when he passed for 30 assists on December 30, 1990, while with Orlando, and his 88.9 career free throw percentage is the eighth-best in NBA history. He was named the NBA’s Most Improved player following the 1990-91 campaign when he averaged a career-best 17.2 points and 8.4 assists with the Orlando Magic.
The former Spartan was an All-American at Michigan State University under Jud Heathcote. He left as MSU’s all-time leading scorer when he graduated in 1986 (2,145 points, currently ranked 3rd) and had his No. 4 jersey retired and was inducted into the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame in September of 2007.
Skiles was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame on March 25, 2009, and had his No. 22 jersey retired at Plymouth High School (Indiana) in 1992. As a senior, he scored 39 points in the state finals to lead Plymouth to the Indiana State Championship in 1982. Scott is married to his wife, Kim. He has two sons, Scott and Sean, and one daughter, Shelby.