Milwaukee Bucks remind NBA front offices to value fit over big names

The Milwaukee Bucks are on pace for 71 wins this season and they are cruising above the rest of the NBA. For some reason though, this team is not being talked about enough, even though that squad is having a dominant season.

In this article, we’re going to take a look at the Milwaukee Bucks season so far and why they should be top favourite to win the chip this year.

The Milwaukee Bucks are 52-8, standing alone at the top of Eastern conference with 6.5 games clear of the 2nd seed The Toronto Raptors and 5 games ahead of the top seed in the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Lakers.

To mark the best record in the NBA right now and to prove their legitimacy, they overpowered the Houston Rockets and completely blew out both of LA teams.

The stats

On average, the Bucks have beaten their opponents by 12.7 points a game which is by far, the largest in the league.

Keep in mind that, the 72-10 Chicago Bulls and the 73-9 Golden State Warriors had a lower point differential than that. It’s like a semi-blow out every time they win, without counting the close games.

On top of that, they are 37-1 against teams below .500 (the best in the league) and against teams above .500 they are 13-7 (also, the best in the league). That’s enough to show you that they’re coming at full force for the title this year.

Roster breakdown

We obviously have to start with the MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, even though that I’m a Boston Celtics fan, Giannis is easily the front runner for the MVP to me.


Leading his team, averaging 30 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists per game on high efficiency from the field (55%) while hitting 31.7% from 3 on a relatively consistent basis and the only issue he’s having right now is his free throws which is obviously just a mental thing.

Giannis is unstoppable when he gets going. But on the flip side, if you know how to stop him the Bucks offense can be shut down relatively easily. And that does make you question the reigning MVP. All in all, Antetokounmpo is dominating this season and has been a real fun to watch.

Khris Middleton is another player on the Milwaukee Bucks having an exceptional year. He’s averaging 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists per game on 50% from the field and an incredible 44% from beyond the arc.

This is high level efficiency and if he pushed his FT percentage up a bit (87.3%) he will join the elusive 50-40-90 club. He was awarded by being selected to his second All-Star game. Overall, Middleton has proven to be an All-Star level backup for Giannis and is dominating quietly this season. He deserves a lot more recognition.

The final group of guys I want to highlight is the shooters on the perimeter – guys like George Hill, Wesley Matthews and Kyle Korver.

Hill is averaging about 50% and Korver is averaging 40% from 3 while no one from the shooters is averaging less than 33% from 3 point line and this is a milestone on its own. They are helping the Bucks tremendously and are playing well in the system. I’ll go more in depth about the Milwaukee Bucks system in a bit but without guys like Korver and Hill, players who can wait patiently in the corner until they’re hit with an open shot, the Bucks will not be where they are today. That’s for certain.

With that being said, the Milwaukee Bucks are holding the top of the Eastern Conference because of the perfect system built around Giannis Antetokounmpo and what the coaching staff are doing with a player who can dominate the inside and bully his way to the rim while attracting a lot of gravity.

They gave him a lot of shooters on the outside and made them execute their shots consistently, so every time he gets in trouble with the defence, he just kicks it out to either one of the open corners. If he’s free, he takes it. If he’s not, they immediately switch to the weak side where the other shooter is waiting to fire.

It’s simple but deadly. You can see it in every game highlight for the Bucks. This has created a highly efficient offence that keeps getting better and better as the season goes.

On paper, many have wondered how the Bucks are this good with the roster they have and how they are blowing out teams like the Lakers and Raptors. But when you watch them play, you’ll realise how special this team is and how perfectly they work together. The Milwaukee Bucks front office have done a phenomenal job in building this team and turning it into the contender it is today.

Milwaukee have the 2nd best offensive efficiency in the league and the best defensive efficiency in the league. Only the 2015 and 2017 Golden State Warriors have done that this century and they won the championship in both years.

Can the Bucks win it all?

In my opinion, I think they can and should be the top favourite. Unless something similar to last year happens, I feel very confident in this team surviving a 7 game series against other top competitors.

People say the Los Angeles Lakers are the favourite for the title without question but I disagree with that. I believe the Bucks are a better than them and will beat them in a 7 game series if they faced each other in the Finals. Even if the Lakers don’t make it and other teams do like the Los Angeles Clippers, I still have no doubt the bucks will beat them too.

There’s no team that can beat the Bucks right now in a 7 game series. I can see teams giving them a run for their money and maybe snatch a game or two, but taking four games on them? Good luck with that.

Overall, I pick The Milwaukee Bucks for the 2020 NBA championship and the reason is because of the offensive system they built around Giannis Antetokounmpo that creates the right amount of opportunities for him to dominate and gets everybody around him involved. It’s just an all-around complete and perfectly build roster.

The names on the roster may not be known or that big like it would with other teams such as the Lakers or Sixers but all the players are fitting well together and they all complete their roles to perfection making the perfect system for Giannis to succeed and take them further than anyone predicted. If the 76ers knew how to do this with Ben Simmons, they wouldn’t be the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Milwaukee Bucks are an example of why valuing the fit-in-system over a striking name is good. And it’s leading them on a historic run in which they may pass the 70-win mark even with only one real superstar.

So that’s my take on who will win the 2020 NBA title, but I also want to know what you all think. Go ahead, drop your comments below and enjoy. Peace.

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About Awab Malik 11 Articles
Awab Malik has been a professional basketball player for more than 10 years, playing and gaining experience on a high-level. As an assistant coach for youth basketball, He is passionate about training the young generation and developing their game. In addition to coaching, he's also involved in sports promotion and awareness. Outside of his day job, Awab enjoys writing, balling and following the NBA.

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