Despite Injuries, Inconsistency and a mid-season slump, the Milwaukee Bucks finished with a 42-40 record and the sixth seed in a tight Eastern Conference. The Greek Freak Giannis Antetokounmpo looks to have a lock on most improved player while rookie guard Malcolm Brogdon is in the running for Rookie of the year after replacing Matthew Dellavedova in the starting position. The Bucks are underdogs in their first round playoff series against the Toronto Raptors, however a convincing win on the road in game one may change that.
The Bucks are no doubt an interesting team this season. Khris Middleton going down and being out indefinitely hurts them significantly, however, I feel they can still gain ground from last season and pick up a few more wins. The Bucks have acquired Matthew Dellavedova who gets his chance to finally be a starting pointguard and I think it’s the perfect fit. Last season ‘Point Giannis’ was running the floor, now having a pass first pointguard who can knock down an open shot is perfect for both Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks, Jabari Parker now enters his third season in the league and this team looks promising.
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It’s been a frustrating season in the injury department for the Milwaukee Bucks. In the preseason the Khris Middleton went down suffering a badly torn hamstring, so bad in fact he wasn’t seen until February. At the time of Middleton’s return, the Bucks were struck with another injury blow, Jabari Parker who was having a breakout season suffered a season-ending ACL injury. The biggest story out of Milwaukee has been the rise of Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak has taken his game from good to great and is an unstoppable force in the paint. Giannis is leading is his team in all five regular-recorded stats, averaging 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.9 blocks per game. He looks in the driver's seat to win Most Improved Player. Rookie Malcolm Brogdon is having a great first season. Brogdon is averaging 10.2 points and 4.2 assists while shooting 45.7 percent from the field and 40.4 percent from beyond the arc.
Malcolm Brogdon was one of the Milwaukee's picks in last year's draft, the other pick in the draft came in the form of 7’1” Power Forward Thon Maker. Maker is an obvious work in progress but with the help of his mentor Kevin Garnett, Maker can at the very least be a solid starter in this league. Garnett believes Maker can do great things, saying “He will win an MVP before his career is done.” Big words from the big ticket. Maker showed how he can impact a game in his first ever playoff game against the Raptors. Maker had three blocks in the space of five minutes and knocking down two shots. With the core of Brogdon, Parker, Antetokounmpo and Maker, the Bucks are an exciting team going forward.