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5 Thoughts Heading Into the Regular Season

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The Bucks tip off the 2018-19 season tonight on the road against the Charlotte Hornets. With the long offseason now in the books, here are five things to ponder heading into tonight’s game, and the season as a whole.

Pre-Season Showcases Growth

With the NBA starting off a brand new season on the eve of the Bucks new season, it is time to reveal where Milwaukee truly stands among every other team. It’s not a surprise that Giannis Antetokounmpo is at the top of the MVP hopefuls, but this is no longer about Giannis. This season comes down to where the Bucks will end up at the end of the season. We all know what the Greek Freak can do, now lets see if the team can jump to the next level along with the potential MVP.

During the Bucks pre-season, we saw new Head Coach Mike Budenholzer’s game plan put into action and the team took off running with it. With stellar space and many more three pointers being taken, it is a breath of fresh air to see the team’s talent being used correctly on the court. The key though is now taking it to the regular season and making a name for themselves at the top of the Eastern Conference.

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Giannis Will Fall Just Short of Most Valuable

Antetokounmpo will show growth once again, but it will not be enough for an MVP award. There is a lot of talent in this league, and with the clutter of underestimating what Giannis brings to the court, he will not end up with the lucrative award. He will be close though, there is no doubt in my mind about that. The time will come for when number 34 raises his MVP award, but we will just have to wait a little longer for that to occur. Is this a definite prediction? No, but it is safe to say that with the respect to his game still growing, another star in the league will most likely end up with the title of the Most Valuable Player.

Donte ROY?

It is no surprise that Bucks rookie Donte DiVincenzo will play a vital role on the court this season. The focus of his game and the IQ he presents among others will be crucial in taking the next step. I expect other rookies in the league to step up and make a dominate play for this award, but do not be surprised if DD makes a name for himself in regards to his importance to a team. His stats may not end up being the highest, but faith should be there that what he can do on the court will make everyone else around him better. He would be a surprise mention in this award, but if Malcolm Brogdon proved anything his rookie season, it is that anyone is capable of being name Rookie of the Year.

Middleton & Brogdon Will Earn Their Money

Speaking of the former ROY, Brogdon is coming up on potential extension and with him finally being in the starting lineup again, there is no doubt that the Bucks will have to pay to keep him around. Nothing is wrong with that either, giving him four years puts him right in his prime here in Milwaukee and there is nothing more to ask for. When it comes to Khris Middleton, the same will be done. With the new floor plan in place, it will not be surprising that his stats will rise along with how much he will get paid. It will come down to the front office having faith that these two players are needed in order to build around Giannis and get the championship we are all hoping for.

Where The Chips Will Fall

When it comes down to where the Bucks will end up in the playoffs, numbers keep popping out at me. Boston, Toronto, and Philadelphia all have the talent to be at the top of the Eastern Conference. Boston should take first, but where does that leave the Bucks? Boiling everything down, I am picking the Bucks to finish 3rd in the Eastern Conference and to finally make it to the second round of the playoffs. What happens next is up in the air. With Antetokounmpo on your team, anything is possible. That is how Bucks fans should treat this season.

Anything is possible, but it falls on the players and the coaching staff to get it done.

Fear The Deer!

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About Melissa Colton

Melissa was born and raised in West Allis, WI, but currently resides in Milwaukee. She is a veteran of the United States Army and has a Bachelors Degree in Sport Management. She has worked in both the sports and music industry. Anything from Wisconsin, sports, food, and beer is her happy place.

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