[2017-18 NBA Preview] Milwaukee Bucks

The NBA season is almost here. While the majority of people think the NBA season is already over before it even begins (let’s just go ahead and crown the Golden State Warriors right now, right?). we still have to let the season play out because YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT CAN HAPPEN, RIGHT?

What if the Warriors are involved in some kind of freak accident and everyone gets hurt?

Well, the league just opened up for all 29 other teams to win the whole thing.

Even though I personally believe it would take a plane wreck to take the Warriors down, there are some NBA teams out there that think they have the tools and weapons to do exactly that.

Are the Milwaukee Bucks one of those teams? Ummm, highly unlikely. How many people out there are even aware that the state of Wisconsin has an NBA team? That’s because the Milwaukee Bucks have been irrelevant in the NBA since the late-90’s. There is some hope on the horizon for this franchise though and his name is Giannis Antetokounmpo. Yes, “The Greek Freak” has arrived and has quickly blossomed into one of the NBA’s most exciting players to watch. It’s no secret that I love me some “Greek Freak” and it’s also no secret that this Bucks team will live and die by how far he can take them. The Eastern Conference is on life support right now, so that should extremely benefit the Bucks this year. It wouldn’t shock me at all to not only see Milwaukee make the playoffs again this year, but also get their first playoff series win in almost 20 years. Go ahead and put that on the record people. THE BUCKS WILL WIN A PLAYOFF SERIES THIS YEAR! It’s the “Greek Freak’s” world and we are all just pawns living in it at the moment…..

So how far can Giannis take the Bucks this year??????

LET’S FIND OUT!!!!!!!!!

 

 

Record Last Five Seasons: 38-44 (2012-13), 15-67 (2013-14), 41-41 (2014-15), 33-49 (2015-16), 42-40 (2016-17)

Last Playoff Series Appearance: 2016-17 First-Round vs. Toronto Raptors

Last Playoff Series Win: 2000-01 Second-Round vs. Charlotte Hornets

Last NBA Finals Appearance: 1973-74 vs. Boston Celtics

NBA Championships Won: 1


 

Head Coach:

Jason Kidd

Overall Record: 160-168

Record With Team: 116-130

Playoff Record: 9-15


 

The Squad:

Starters (with averages for last season):

PG: Malcolm Brogdon (10.2 PPG, 4.2 APG, 2.8 RPG, 14.9 PER)

SG: Tony Snell (8.5 PPG, 1.2 APG, 3.1 RPG, 9.7 PER)

SF: Khris Middleton (14.7 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 3.4 APG, 15.0 PER)

PF: Giannis Antetokounmpo (22.9 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 5.4 APG, 26.1 PER)

C: Thon Maker (4.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 0.5 BPG, 14.0 PER)

Bench:

Jabari Parker (PF), Greg Monroe (C), Rashad Vaughn (SG), Matthew Dellavedova (PG), Mirza Teletovic (SF), John Henson (C), Jason Terry (SG), Gary Payton II (PG), D.J. Wilson (PF), Brandon Rush (SG)


 

Team Leaders (last season):

Points Per Game: Giannis Antetokounmpo (22.9)

Rebounds Per Game: Giannis Antetokounmpo (8.8)

Steals Per Game: Giannis Antetokounmpo (1.6)

Assists Per Game: Giannis Antetokounmpo (5.4)

Blocks Per Game: Giannis Antetokounmpo (1.9)

Turnovers Per Game: Giannis Antetokounmpo (2.9)


 

The Prediction:

46-36

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