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Reflecting on What Has Been an Incredible Bucks Season

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Well, here we are.

I had to take a little bit of time to process things, but it’s time to put pen to paper so to speak on this. The NBA season is suspended, and no one knows when it will be coming back. While this means absolutely nothing in the scheme of things that is the world we are currently living in, it still does just plain suck. For teams like the Pelicans and others, their potential chance at a playoff spot will not be realized. For playoff teams, the electric atmospheres that come from this time of year will not come to fruition for some time. And, for the time being, contenders will not have the opportunity to chase the ultimate prize.

One of these contenders, the Bucks may be hurting the most. See, Milwaukee has seen little championship success in their sports history, with just the Milwaukee Braves’ 1954 and Bucks’ 1970-71 championships to the Cream City’s name. This year’s Bucks team was looking like they could have very well joined that duo, as they held the NBA’s best record prior to the season’s suspension. Now, the opportunity to culminate that season with an NBA championship may not come, and that is a real shame.

It’s not all bad, however. Here are two very good things that came out of one of the best seasons in team history.

The Coronation of the Freak

Last season, Giannis Antetokounmpo cemented the finish of his rise to one of the game’s elite as he took home the MVP award. Not only that, but he also finished as a finalist for the Defensive Player of the Year award, leading to one question: Where could he go from here? Well, only up it seemed, as the Greek Freak was the presumptive front-runner for the former award at suspension time and a very real contender for the second again as well. Not only that, but he was doing so on a remarkably low MPG number, with averages of 29.6/13.7/5.8/1/1 in 30.9 MPG compared to last year’s 27.7/12.5/5.9/1.3/1.5 in 32.8 MPG.

Pretty good, right?

Giannis has seemingly only gotten better since he has debuted in the Association, so it will be incredible to watch if he can continue his ascension even further as basketball returns in the future.

The Bench Mob Makes Itself Known

Coming into the 2019-20 season, the Milwaukee Bucks made big splashes with a near-max contract to sidekick Khris Middleton as well as paying big man Brook Lopez. What flew under the radar, though, was some of the other smaller signings they made. After a brief waived period, George Hill was brought back on a three-year deal, solidifying the quarterback of the bench unit.

Kyle Korver came to Milwaukee to reunite with former coach Mike Budenholzer, adding a three-point marksman that the team seemed to lack. Robin Lopez added another reunion to the locker room, as he joined brother Brook in Milwaukee as well, and Wesley Matthews was added to the starting lineup, giving yet another 3-and-D guy to the rotation. The bench unit would prove to be a vital part of the Milwaukee machine, putting in an average of 39.4 points a night, good for tying for 9th in the league with Oklahoma City.

So, as a basketball fan, it is okay to be upset at where the state of the season is now. There is always a silver lining, however, and the Bucks had plenty of them in one of their greatest regular seasons ever.

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