Written by: Tre LyDay – Staff Writer (@trelyday03)
The Cavaliers and the Raptors are the elite of the Eastern Conference, but there’s one team that’s peaked my interest the last couple of years, and that would be the Milwaukee Bucks. The only team in the NBA that’s rocking a 6’10 point guard with a wingspan that’s over seven feet who can also eurostep from the three-point line, which, by the way, should physically impossible.
The Bucks have built a team that’s different from the rest of the NBA; the longer the better, and so far it’s working out. This offseason, when Jason Kidd said Giannis Antetokounmpo was going to be the team’s point guard, I was totally under the assumption that the Bucks were going to need a height requirement to play for them. Then they signed the great Matthew Dellavedova, and then traded for Tony Snell to resemble something of a regular sized roster.
Their main core remains Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, and John Henson. The Bucks play at one of the slowest paces in the NBA, but yet are one of the most efficient teams both on offense and defense. They are also third in the NBA in assists per game as a team. The slow pace helps their defensive efficiency obviously enough. Fewer possessions, fewer chances to score; but to be top ten in offensive efficiency is something to be marveled at, because that means when they have the ball they score. It also helps that they’re fifth in fast break points per game.
Antetokounmpo, also known as the Greek Freak or The Alphabet, is one of the rising stars in the league, the leader of this Bucks team, and after LeBron, might just be the most impactful player in the league. There’s not a single person in the league that’s built like him and can impact the game on both ends of the floor (other than LeBron James). Speaking of LeBron, he’s had a tough time beating the Bucks lately, and Giannis has outscored him in most of those games.
The Bucks are currently 18-16 and are coming off a game-winning jumper by The Alphabet in Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. They’ve jumped up to the six seed in the East, and can easily grab a higher seed by the end of the season. If you haven’t already, you should definitely take notice of this Bucks team.