Despite ending the season with a 42-40 record, the bucks remain contenders in the 2017 playoff run. They managed to end at the 6th seed in the Eastern conference which is great considering the fact they missed the playoffs last year.
Head coach Jason Kidd certianly has a lot to do with this success. This is Kidd’s third season as head coach and while the past two seasons weren’t the best, he is certainly making progress with this young team. Kidd received honors in March as “coach of the Month” in the Eastern Conference, which has not been done since former coach Scott Skiles in 2010 (jsonline.com).
Possible Rookie Of The Year
Let’s also not forgot that one of the Bucks players is deserving of “Rookie of the Year” – Malcolm Brogdon. Brogdon is such a versatile player and came in swinging as a key player for the season.
Senior ESPN editor Zach Lowe agrees saying, “Brogdon shapes his game to the moment. He developed a wonderful two-man chemistry with Greg Monroe on bench units before seizing the starting job from Matthew Dellavedova, and the Bucks aren’t afraid to turn some of the crunch-time offense over to him. When Giannis Antetokounmpo is dribbling through people, Brogdon morphs back into a spot-up shooter; he canned 40 percent from deep, and pulling that in meaningful games gets him the nod.” Brogdon’s contributions and impact are undeniable for the season.
A TEAM Effort
The Bucks key players have also stepped their game up in an effort to have a successful season. Despite serval injuries that may have affected their overall ranking, the Bucks made lemonade out of lemons.
Giannis Antetokounmpo AKA “The Greek Freak” in his 3rd season has grown tremendously as a player. Not only has the 6ft 11 star remained consistent, he leads the bucks in every stat this season. He averages almost 23 ppg and nearly 9 rpg according to ESPN. He rested in their last game and loss to the Celtics in an effort to keep him healthy for the post season. I expect nothing less than 100 percent from him in the post-season.
Jabari Parker in his second year in the league avaeraged 21 points in the 51 games he was able to play in this season. Since tearing his ACL in February, he has had surgery and is expected to be out a year (ESPN). Nevertheless he contributed to much of the team’s success this season with him and Middleton only playing 1 total games together this season (behindthebuckpass.com).
Kris Middleton returned the same game that Jabari Parker unfortunately got injured. Since his return he has had a huge impact on the Bucks’ offense and has been killing it from the 3-point line!
Greg Monroe in my mind is definitely a candidate for sixth man of the year. He has consistently been a good rebounder and an aggressive force in the bucks success. Monroe has averaged 26mpg, 14ppg and 15 rpg (nba.com).
The Bucks got a big win game one versus the Raptors in Toronto this past weekend, and are going into game two knowing even if they lose tonight, they will be 1-1 and they will return home to an amazing crowd.
I wish them the best of luck and cannot wait for the game tonight!
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