Happy Monday morning, everyone! The Bucks may have dropped their road game yesterday to the Atlanta Hawks, but that doesn’t mean they still aren’t causing a good amount of buzz in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and the nation as a whole.
Given that, we’re looking to keep you updated with a weekly roundup of the media attention surrounding the Milwaukee Bucks. The inaugural edition today will be a bit shortened as Adam Paris went ahead and got things underway last Thursday, which you can find here!
A bit of an older piece from a few weeks ago, but FOX Sports Wisconsin has reported increases across the board in viewership in the Milwaukee viewing area. Giannis’s game-winner over the Knicks generated a 3.41 (roughly ~30,000 households) rating in Milwaukee, and online streaming through FOX’s app is up as well. The young core is starting to pay off in not only wins, but a growing state-wide following as well.
When Michael Beasley was picked up from the Houston Rockets, it would be safe to say he came in as a wild card. Luckily, he’s been a solid contributor off the bench, and he’s trying to pass on his knowledge and wisdom to the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker. His main advice? “The biggest thing ... is playing with a live dribble”. Whatever you say, Beas!
The NBA released updated All-Star voting metrics late last week, and Giannis continues to garner some of the top vote-totals in the entire NBA. He trails only LeBron James for Eastern Conference front court players (963,110 v. 1,066,147), and has the fifth-most votes in the entire league. Voting closes today, and then Giannis’ fan vote total will be combined with the votes of the NBA media and his compatriots in the NBA to determine if he’ll be starting in New Orleans come February 19th.
Finally, the much maligned Greg Monroe has been, in some ways, a small revelation this season after being relegated to the bench. His defense is still largely imperfect, he still doesn’t seem overly willing to flash much athleticism, but he’s taking advantage of early matchups with substitutions and getting plenty of critical minutes. Having another offseason to get ingrained with the roster and coach Jason Kidd’s system have certainly helped, as has the Monroe-Malcolm Brogdon connection. Monroe’s future with the team is still up in the air pending his contract, but it has to be encouraging to see him picking up the pieces after last year.
And, as we send you off after the maiden voyage of the MMMR (M^3R? 3MR? M3R? Vote in the comments!), here’s your friendly reminder from Thanasis Antetokounmpo, of Antetokounmpo fame, to get your final All-Star votes in for Giannis today: