Today, Sports Illustrated began unveiling their list of the top 100 players for the upcoming 2015-2016 season. These lists don't mean much once the season starts (or even now), but they are a fun and harmless way to work back into training camp and the regular season, and it is cool when a player from the Bucks makes the list.
At spot #100 on said list was Giannis Antetokounmpo, with players like Khris Middleton and Greg Monroe probably coming later when other segments of the list get revealed. Though Giannis has held internet darling status basically since his debut in the league, his overall game has taken more of a slow climb upward. Here's what SI had to say about Giannis.
"Antetokounmpo's length and versatility are his defining characteristics, and he finds a natural home in coach Jason Kidd's pressure-heavy defense, which surprisingly ranked No. 2 in the league last season. There's still plenty of room for refinement on the offensive end: his shooting range extends, well, about one long arm's length from the rim, and he hasn't yet developed into a credible threat in isolation situations or pick-and-rolls. Given his ability to scale his per-minute production and improve his shooting efficiency last season, the Bucks have every reason to believe that Antetokounmpo is headed for even bigger things in Year 3. His real explosion has yet to come."
With increasing expectations and one of the better Bucks teams (at least on paper for now) surrounding him, there will be a little bit of pressure on Giannis to perform, especially considering that he's incorporating new facets to his game every time we check in on him. It should be fun to watch him continue to develop and rise higher on this list in years to come.
Bucks sign Westbrook
Real GM's Shams Charania reported today that the Bucks have made an additional signing to their training camp roster, joining Marcus Landry on the Bucks roster.
The Milwaukee Bucks have agreed on a deal with guard Charlie Westbrook, league source tells RealGM. Westbrook went to Miami camp in 2013.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 31, 2015
There's at least two questions you're probably asking yourself at this point. Allow me to answer them for you.
1) Is Charlie Westbrook a super secret identity that Russell Westbrook uses?
--No. It is not. Charlie Westbrook is not Russell Westrbook. He is Charlie Westbrook.
2) Ok, well then who is Charlie Westbrook?
-- Well, Charlie Westbrook was an undrafted shooting guard out of South Dakota and Iowa Western Community College. The Milwaukee-born 26-year old has played for two D-League teams and has played overseas in both Italy and France. Here is a little highlight package for those interested.
This move puts the Bucks at technically 18 contracts, though that number will get pared down to 15 by the start of the regular season when the final cuts need to be made by.