Judson Donald “Jud” Buechler is a former professional basketball player who played with the Chicago Bulls from 1994 to 1998. His last team involvement as a basketball player was with the Orlando Magic in 2001 - 2002 before venturing to become an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks.

Professional Basketball Career

Buechler was once nicknamed “The Judge” by his colleagues at the University of Arizona. In 1990, he decided to enter the NBA Draft where he was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics, but he was instantly traded to the New York Nets. After a year, he signed a brief contract with the San Antonio Spurs, but later on, transferred with the Golden State Warriors.

His career highlight is being included in the Chicago Bulls, where they became champions from 1996 - 1998. He was playing with NBA legend, Michael Jordan, and Golden State Warrior’s current coach, Steve Kerr.

Position Small Forward
Height / weight 1.98 m / 100 kg
Born 19 Jun 1968
Nationality United States United States
Nickname The Judge
Team History
215 orlando magic Orlando 2001 - 2002
232 phoenix suns Phoenix 2001
209 detroit pistons Detroit 1998 - 2001

Buechler as a Coach for the Lakers and Knicks

As an assistant coach, he accumulated a net of over $10 million, and he is one of the assistant coaches who earned more than $1 million due to his experience in the NBA as a player and a former assistant coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. He mentioned in an interview with NBA.com that he grew up being a Lakers fan, however, he never had the chance to play for them during his NBA playing career.

Buechler’s Personal Life

Buechler is married to Lindsey, a former volleyball player from the University of Arizona, and both of them have 2 daughters, Reily and Brynn. Apart from basketball, he enjoyed watching and teaching his daughters to play basketball and volleyball. Reily is set to play for the UCLA women’s volleyball team, while Brynn wanted to join the women’s basketball.


1996 - 1998 NBA Champion

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