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PODCAST: Bucks’ offensive philosophy and the unlimited ceiling of Giannis Antetokounmpo with Brett Koremenos (Part 1)

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RealGM’s Brett Koremenos has long been one of our favorite NBA writers, so it was only natural that we did a Giannis shimmy dance when we saw that he recently wrote about the Bucks’ summer and how it fits into their longer term future. That story also seemed like a great excuse to bug Brett to join us for a podcast, and on Sunday he graciously did just that, talking to us for over an hour about the Bucks’ offensive philosophy, what makes Giannis Antetokounmpo so special, and a host of other topics that we’ll be parsing out in three parts this week. Check out Part 1 below:

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In case you’re not familiar with Brett’s work, he’s a Wisconsin native who has trained and coached players at the high school, college and NBA levels in addition to writing about the NBA at Grantland and now RealGM. Brett’s background in player development naturally gives him unique perspective into what it takes to maximize player potential, and so that was predictably a major theme of our conversation. In part one we focus on why Jason Kidd’s offense may have been overly restrictive in the first half of last season and how important it was to put the ball in Giannis Antetokounmpo’s hands from February onwards. In parts two and three, we discuss if Giannis’ improvement affects Jabari Parker’s development, how the Bucks’ centers impact their style of play, and what Thon Maker, Rashad Vaughn, Tyler Ennis and Malcolm Brogdon should be focusing on developmentally.

Big thanks to Brett for joining us and hopefully we’ll have a chance to catch up with him again once the season starts. In addition to his work at RealGM, you can follow him on Twitter @BKoremenos.