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Milwaukee Is Deeper, Better, and Poised to Make Franchise History Again

The Milwaukee Bucks moved to the BMO Harris Bradley Center in 1988, following a season-and-a-half stint at The Mecca of Basketball (The MECCA) – Marquette University. Since that move, they have become NBA champions four times and made franchise history with four straight 50+ wins seasons. Now the 2017/2018 season will be no different on their newest home court: Fiserv Forum, which boasts an energetic new arena design and state of the art amenities for fans and players alike.
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When the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Finals last year, they earned their first championship in 50 years. The Bucks’ nucleus of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, and Jrue Holiday returned for 2021-22, but a slew of other headlines have overshadowed Milwaukee’s pursuit for a second straight championship.

But behind the James Harden-Ben Simmons saga, the Los Angeles Lakers’ catastrophe (was), Joel Embiid’s MVP desperation, and a bevy of other NBA stories, one basic incontrovertible reality remains: the defending champs have improved.

Giannis has grown as a player, Holiday is the NBA’s greatest x-factor, and general manager Jon Horst has provided depth that Milwaukee lacked last season.

The Bucks are deeper, better, and on the verge of making franchise history by winning back-to-back NBA titles.

The Milwaukee Bucks have once again shown to be one of the greatest teams in the NBA.

The Bucks are tied at the top of the Eastern Conference standings at 49-30 after a comprehensive team victory against the Chicago Bulls on April 5.

The Miami Heat have a 2.5-game lead and seem to be a certainty to win the Eastern Conference, but the places 2-4 are up for grabs.

The Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, and Milwaukee Bucks all have identical records entering into the last three regular-season games.

Milwaukee is tied for the best record in the NBA despite key players missing double digit games during the season.

The Bucks are in the top five in the league in scoring, rebounding, three-point shooting, and total plus-minus.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is vying for his third MVP award.

Milwaukee is, by all accounts, one of the finest teams in the NBA.

The Bucks are more talented and well-rounded than they were during last year’s championship run.

It's all good news for the Milwaukee Bucks as they head into the 2022 NBA playoffs with a deeper and complete roster than they had in 2021.

It's all good news for the Milwaukee Bucks as they head into the 2022 NBA playoffs with a deeper and complete roster than they had in 2021. The Milwaukee Bucks’ Pat Connaughton and Bobby Portis celebrate a three-point shot against the Los Angeles Clippers. Getty Images/Ronald Martinez

Last year, Milwaukee was good enough to win the NBA championship. This season, the Bucks have a better, more consistent, and deeper roster than they had in 2021.

In the regular season of 2020-21, Brook Lopez, Brynn Forbes, Pat Connaughton, Middleton, Bobby Portis, and Donte DiVincenzo led Milwaukee in games played.

Except for mid-season addition PJ Tucker, who played a key role down the line, the Bucks had seven players average more than 20 minutes per game.

Antetokounmpo and Middleton were the only two players who averaged more over 20 points per game.

Grayson Allen and Jordan Nwora were added to the essential rotation with Milwaukee’s three studs in 2021-22.

Only Giannis and Khris are averaging more than 20 points, but Holiday is averaging 18.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 6.9 assists on a career-high 41.6 percent three-point shooting.

Antetokounmpo has also elevated his game to a new level, becoming more efficient and successful from a wider range of positions. He may not win his third MVP award, but he’s improved as a player.

For a championship-or-bust squad like Milwaukee, though, the playoffs is crucial. And with a deeper rotation than they were forced to deal with in 2021, the Bucks are better equipped.

By the conclusion of the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Brooklyn Nets, the squad had reduced down to a six-man rotation: Giannis, Middleton, Holiday, Lopez, Tucker, and Connaughton.

Only the starting lineup of K-Midd, Antetokounmpo, Holiday, Tucker, and Connaughton played more than 30 minutes each night throughout the six-game NBA Finals series against the Suns.

Lopez has returned after an injury that kept him out for three-quarters of the season. In his absence, Portis has been the league’s greatest value, scoring over 15 points and nearly nine rebounds per game.

Antetokounmpo, Middleton, and Jrue have all played key roles, but Grayson Allen has been a huge improvement over DiVincenzo, and Connaughton has been essential when he’s been on the court.

Wesley Matthews, a veteran who has recently joined Milwaukee’s starting lineup as the team’s main defensive stopper, is a much superior shooter than Tucker was in that capacity last season.

That doesn’t include Nwora, Serge Ibaka, George Hill, or Jevon Carter, who have all played pivotal roles for head coach Mike Budenholzer at various times.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and his teammates are gearing up for a run at three titles in a row.

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Antetokounmpo was the driving force behind last year’s championship. His 50 points, 14 rebounds, and five blocks in Game 6 sealed the Bucks’ first title since 1971 and won him Finals MVP honors.

However, the frontcourt is solidified by a mix of Portis (who is enjoying a career year), Antetokounmpo, Lopez, and maybe Serge Ibaka. The wings are held in check by Allen, Connaughton, Nwora, and Middleton.

At point guard, Holiday, George Hill, and Jevon Carter can all contribute.

The reigning NBA Champions have added depth and improved their core, which now has another year of experience.

By record, Phoenix may be the best club in the league. But there’s some good news: the Milwaukee Bucks have one of the most complete teams in the NBA and are poised to win back-to-back championships.

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With a single block, Giannis Antetokounmpo reminded the NBA that he is deserving of both the MVP and Defensive Player of the Year awards.

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