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Three Positive Takeaways From This Bucks Season

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A Disappointing Season Has Some Positives To Hold On To

Milwaukee and I have been guilty of this reaction to the Bucks season the past couple of weeks. Disappointment and hopelessness has filled the minds of Bucks fans all around and it is understandably so. Since the All-Star break, Milwaukee has gone 5-7 with a collection of teams that the Bucks could have easily beaten. Dropping to 8th in the Eastern Conference Playoff race, the time has not come to hang our heads, but to take a hard look at the positives of this bitter to swallow season.

3.) Bucks Acquire Eric Bledsoe

It was noticeable that the Bucks have been missing a threat in the back-court, especially with the point guard position. Hence the move of Giannis Antetokounmpo to the position earlier in his career. The Greek Freak showed that he could handle the new role, but it did not fix the lingering problem for the long run. Luckily, a disgruntled relationship between Bledsoe and the Phoenix Suns formed early in the season, opening the door for Milwaukee to step in and grab a player they have always had their eyes on. Dealing Greg Monroe in the trade benefited the Bucks by dropping a contract that ultimately costed the team more than they were getting in return. Bledsoe coming to Milwaukee brought a renewed excitement and the feeling that maybe the Bucks have a shot to do something special.

It cannot be said yet whether Bledsoe is the player the Bucks need to make the puzzle fit together, but what this shows is that the Buck’s front office isn’t afraid to go after a player they want. Free agency or trades have not favored the Bucks in the past, but with a new aggressive mentality to show players around the league that Milwaukee is the place to be can alter the culture that has been smeared within the past decade or so. With a player like Giannis and a brand new arena coming, the organization must use those tools to their advantage to bring in players that will get the Bucks to the next level.

2.) The Fire Kidd Movement Becomes Reality

As the struggles continued with this talented Bucks team, more and more fans began turning on head coach Jason Kidd. No one could have predicted that the outcry to fire Kidd would have been heard loud enough to actually get the deed done, but that is exactly what occurred weeks prior to the All-Star Break. Being a big name can only get you so far as a head coach and luckily the Bucks front office noticed that. Being awful on defense and not living up to the hype that had been painted, it was time for Jason Kidd to be sent packing in order to repair the damage that has already been done.

Of course the Bucks struggles this year do not fall solely on Kidd, but in a league which has shown that having an elite coach is just as important as having an elite player, it was better to make this decision sooner than later. Again, as disgruntled as I and others have been in the decisions the front office has made in the past, this move does show that they are serious in the direction this team is moving. The first step of firing a coach is hard, but the next step is even harder. Finding a candidate that not only fits the culture of the Bucks, but can build upon that and steer this team in the direction of becoming a true threat in the NBA. It is your move Milwaukee, do not disappoint.

1.) Giannis Antetokounmpo

Everyone knew how good Giannis is. I knew it, you knew it, even that bitter Sixers fan who can’t stop saying “trust the process” knows how deadly of a player Antetokounmpo can be on the court. The reigning NBA Most Improved Player has not only stepped into the spotlight as an MVP caliber player, he took off running and never looked back. Jumping from an average of 22.9 points per game to 27.4 in only a years time has made some fans step back and question where is his ceiling exactly? Leading the Bucks in points, rebounds, and assists, Giannis is becoming one of the best overall players in the league. Being proclaimed as one of the must see NBA stars right now, it is hard not to be blown away by all that Giannis has accomplished in such a short amount of time.

Finishing up the rest of this season can take the Bucks in several directions. There is still time to finish with momentum that can be taken into the playoffs for a run that we hope happens. Or the Bucks could barely squeeze in the race and sadly be eliminated early on once again. There is no telling with this team that has been inconsistent all season long, but one would hope that they can leave the fans excited for what is to come.

Keeping these three positives from the season in the back of our minds is key in moving forward into the playoffs and the off season. The time has come for Milwaukee to be hopeful and trust that the potential is there.

To the Bucks front office: please do not screw this up.

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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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