Bucks Having a Historic Season
Updated: Feb 12
After a devastating game 7 loss in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Toronto Raptors that left the city of Milwaukee in shambles, Giannis and the Cream City were hungry for redemption this season. ESPN and other sports critics figured that Giannis had emptied his bag of tricks last season in acquiring 60 wins and making it to seven games against the Toronto Raptors in the semifinals, they couldn’t have been more wrong. Giannis is averaging 30 points 12 rebounds and 5 assists per game. While playing the least amount of minutes since his rookie year Giannis has managed to be second in the league for points per game, 6th for rebounds and he leads the league by a long shot in player efficiency rating. The Bucks obliterated expectations and blasted off to an impressive 19-3 record which is the best through 22 games in franchise history. On December 19th the bucks reached a landmark game matching up win for win with Lebron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. The two 24-4 teams battled it out in a battle for the best record in the NBA and Giannis led the Bucks to a statement win defeating the Lakers 111-104. Giannis recorded a double-double with 34 points, 11 rebounds, and was dangerously close to a triple double with seven assists. George Hill scored 21 points in that game and has stepped up to play a huge role for the number one ranked Bucks this season. With Eric Bledsoe suffering a Fibula Avulsion Fracture in Milwaukee’s December 13th win over the Memphis Grizzlies, Hill was temporarily forced into a starting role temporarily. George Hill has played a very important role for the Bucks with his deadlock consistent shooting from downtown. Hill is averaging 10.2 points per game and is hitting threes at the highest clip in the NBA with a 51 percent average. With the talent of Giannis and the Bucks starting lineup and additional advantage of exceptional depth on the bench Milwaukee has built up a penchant for blowout wins against even the biggest power houses in the league. The Bucks have impressively held the number one spot in the NBA power ranking for the majority of the season. This is a feat in and of itself considering the combos of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George for the Los Angeles Clippers, Lebron James and Anthony Davis of the Lakers, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn, and Russell Westbrook and James Harden for the Houston Rockets. Still the Bucks have remained indisputably the best team in the league all season. The Bucks momentum is not likely to stop going into the final stretch of the season, with Eric Bledsoe returning from energy and most of their testing games behind them the Bucks are no doubt confident about a championship run this season. With not an exceptional amount of standout talent other than super star Giannis Antetokounmpo the Bucks have created the rise of their young dynasty with the energy, spirit, and hunger of young stars mixed with the steadiness and experience of veteran journeymen such as George Hill, Kyle Korver, and Brook Lopez. No matter who your team is, it is hard to not root for the lovable Greek Freak and the Bucks fighting for the second championship in team history. Fear the deer.