Milwaukee Bucks – Are they underrated?!
Milwaukee have the NBA’s best record, the best defense and the best player Giannis Antetokounmpo. But why aren’t more people considering them the favourite’s for the championship?
The Milwaukee Bucks are in the making of having a historic season. The Bucks are on track to become one of three teams in NBA history to win 70 games in a season, along with the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors, (73 wins), and the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls (72 wins). However surprisingly not too many people are comparing this Bucks side with those historic teams. How have Milwaukee pulled this outstanding performance off and flown under the radar?
A huge part of the reason for the Bucks’ success this season is that they have the reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and according to Player Efficiency Ratings (measures a player’s overall contribution in matches), Giannis is on track to have the best regular-season in NBA history!! This is scary for his opponents and he is still only 25 years old!!
Cleary one player and even the best player in the league, can’t win a title on his own and this is shown as the Bucks currently have the top defensive rating in the NBA, which is only partly because of Giannis. They have setup one of the most ruthless defences in the NBA’s history, with most of credit going to Brook and Robin Lopez.
In previous years, one of the reasons people could dismiss the Bucks’ record as being inflated by the fact that they play in a weak Eastern Conference. When the Bucks secured the top spot last season, it could be explained by the fact that LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers to join the Los Angeles Lakers.
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