Ben Sullivan should be the Lakers target as their lead offensive assistant coach

Ben Sullivan is an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Sullivan has gone from a video intern with the San Antonio Spurs, despite having no NBA background, to a respected and praised shooting coach around the league.

Sullivan is now in a critical role with the Bucks, helping a team that shoots more three-pointers than almost anyone else in the league while working with Giannis Antetokounmpo, an MVP candidate whose one weakness is shooting.

He’s now at a fascinating intersection with the Bucks, in a pivotal role as a shooting coach. The Bucks are an offensive juggernaut who rely on the three-point shot more than almost any team in the league. And yet, they are led by an MVP candidate in Giannis Antetokounmpo who has just one weakness — he struggles shooting.

With Sullivan’s help, the Bucks have become one of the NBA’s most dynamic teams. He is trying to help bring them to the next level.

“Ben is an assistant coach — he’s not just a Giannis coach, he’s not just a shooting coach,” Horst said. “He brings value to Bud and his staff and to our whole product … I think he’s a really good young coach that has a bright future.”

Sullivan said he’s still so astonished by making it in the NBA that he doesn’t consider his future in the league. Will he remain a shooting coach? Does he have higher ambitions? He said those thoughts sometimes pop up during offseasons, but during the season, he’s focused on his goals.