Milwaukee has been dealing with inept coaches over the last few seasons, and many continue to think they were held back. They signed Mike Budenholzer over the offseason, who is an above average coach that has us all excited. Budenholzer is a chip off of the Spurs coaching tree with Greg Popovich. He was an assistant coach for over ten years, before going to Atlanta. He won 60 games in the 2014-2015 season, and you have to be excited to see what he can do with this type of talent. It is hard to temper expectations for the first year, but there is a lot of upside.
This ties into landing a new coach, but we saw time and time again Milwaukee lose some bad games, and also lose to some bad teams. The Bucks have a roster that can compete with anyone in the Eastern Conference, and come playoff time I would not want to play them. The Bucks finished 44-38 last season, and a 50 win season is not out of the question this year. It would also not be a surprise to see this Bucks team push the top three in the conference for seeding come the end of the year. They will need to improve their road record to do so.
We can’t remember the last time Milwaukee had a capable center that could score. The Bucks have been using John Henson and Thon Maker, but they were never solid on them being core guys. The Bucks had one of the better sneaky signings of the offseason, landing Brook Lopez. This will help them on the offensive side, especially stretching the floor. Lopez has also been more than capable of stepping out and hitting some threes these days as well. Lopez can also give them some offense down in the post, but Lopez won’t help out the rebounding that is so desperately needed.
When you look at the size of the Milwaukee starting five, you might wonder why they ranked 28th in rebounding last season. The addition of Brook Lopez won’t help a ton due him lacking on the boards. You have to think Mike Budenholzer puts a focus on the glass, which would make the Bucks very scary. The Eastern Conference is a bit bigger in size compared to the Western Conference, so teams like Philly, Detroit, and Indy can all have an edge against Milwaukee if these rebounding tendencies continue. If the Bucks improve, there is no doubt the wins will follow as well.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is a 5/1 favorite to win the MVP award this season. Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, and LeBron James are the next closest for the award. Giannis is coming off a season, with an average line of 26-10-4. He also had 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks per game. These are definitely MVP type numbers, and this should be the year he gets the recognition he deserves. He is a player that dominates on both sides of the ball, which tends to be what voters look at when deciding an MVP. Giannis is the top bet to take down this award this year.