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2016-17 Milwaukee Bucks Best Moment Bracket Day 1: Signature Wins

Help us decide the best moment of this past Bucks season in our bracket challenge!

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The Milwaukee Bucks 2016-17 season was a memorable one. From the general dominance of Giannis Antetokounmpo to the successful peculiarities of Micheal Beasley to their stirring bow-out in Game 6 of their series with Toronto, there were any number of lasting memories from this season. For as much as we hem and haw about Jason Kidd’s rotations or Delly’s ages-long release, this team looks on the up-and-up and while the seasons fade together, the memories are what last. So what will be that indelible moment from this year? What moment to you was the best of the 2016-17 Bucks season? To decide, we’ll use the most thorough method available: a bracket battle royale.

Now, “best” can be defined many ways. It could be the most memorable moment. It could be the one that you think best exemplified this team’s future. Or it could just be Giannis yamming down an unnatural dunk where he went full Idina Menzel and defied gravity. For the purposes of this exercise, I think it makes sense to leave that open to interpretation. As we all know from MVP debates, there’s nothing like a semantic argument to get NBA Twitter’s juices flowing.

Even more argumentative people would then also ask, “what do you mean by moment?” Which is, once more, a fair question. Well, moment in this instance could mean a single dunk, a signature win, a press conference or quote, even a string of games. Moment implies an immediacy and rapid instance. However, we often debate whether a particular game may’ve been Thon’s moment or if Giannis winning an award for a body of work is his moment. Either way, to solve this issue, the bracket will be broken down into four sections, each complete with different instances that relate to different definitions of moment.

Those four sections are as follows: Signature Wins, Viral Videos, Giannis Godliness and Miscellaneous Memories. The Signature Wins victor will eventually battle the Viral Videos champ and the Giannis Godliness winner will face the Miscellaneous Memories survivor in the final four.

Because there are so few categories, and we don’t want to sully the sanctity of our objective voter poll, none of the moments are actually ranked within their individual bracket. Instead, they were randomly chosen by an incredibly partial writer and slapped together to spur debate. I have purposely given Giannis his own category because I tend to think he would dominate any bracket where he’s evenly dispersed. As such, he is clumped together, but has entries on opposite sides of the bracket, so there are opportunities for two Giannis moments to meet in the finals.

Each day this week we’ll run a poll to have people vote on which moment they prefer in a specific section. Next week, we’ll whittle it down even further until eventually we emerge with the UNDISPUTED, DEFINITIVE, BEST 2016-17 BUCKS MOMENT. To kick it off, we’re starting with the Signature Wins category. Today’s entries are as follows:

Beasley Kicks Spurs from the Saddle vs. Game Three’s Raptor Extinction

Michael Beasley’s arrival to Milwaukee came with hand-wringing over how he may fit in to an offense that must be dominated by Giannis. Yet his quirky personality and proficient offensive season fit well among a deficient bench unit, and no night was more emblematic of his scoring potential than carrying a Bucks team to a rare win in San Antonio while Giannis played merely nine minutes due to illness. Their star stricken to the bench, Beezus rose once more, and the Spurs’ second-ranked defense was ripped to shreds by the suave scoring ability of the NBA journeyman. Here’s the video proof, in case you needed a reminder:

While it may not have been an amazing omen for this season, the mere fact Milwaukee moseyed into San Antonio and emerged with a win while Giannis sat was stunning. Plus, Pop didn’t put Kawhi on Beasley even as he torched Danny Green down the bench. No respect.

On the flipside, a game with far more immediate meaning unfolded just a few weeks ago with the Bucks Game 3 shellacking of the Toronto Raptors. A massacre from the very start, the BMO’s decibel meters may’ve actually hit the fictitious levels they often display on the center screen. Toronto never even got close, and the Bucks led by 20 in the first quarter alone. Following the game, there was a palpable sense that the Bucks may actually take this series.

The Bucks spooking the Raptors was a legitimate story, and Milwaukee had the ear of the basketball world as they fawned over Giannis and co. Alas, the good vibes didn’t last, but we’ll always have game three. From Thon’s monster jams, to enraging Serge Ibaka to the point of ball-slamming, to Giannis evaporating Norman Powell’s layup attempt with his elbow. It was one of the most joyous wins of the season, pure and simple.

So what say you? What was the better Bucks moment from this season? Let us know in the poll below:


Better Bucks Moment?

This poll is closed

  • 7%
    Beasley Lassos Spurs
    (21 votes)
  • 92%
    Game Three Raptors Extinction
    (268 votes)
289 votes total Vote Now

So those are the initial two contestants from the Signature Wins category to kick off our bracket for the best Bucks moment of the year. We’ll keep the voting open for 48 hours.

Come back tomorrow when we unveil the other two signature wins from this season. Until then, I present the saddest omission from this category; who else remembers this gem?!

Just kidding! I don’t think it can be anything but Giannis scoring a career-high (for the time) 39 against the Wizards in a 123-96 December pummeling that turned frosty after its conclusion. This came the day after Lebron’s “true professionals” quote came out on ESPN, and Kidd’s decision to leave Giannis in and whip up on the poor old Washington Squibs led to sour quotes from John Wall:

“We felt like they whooped us badly but also you’re just up 20 or 30 points, keeping your star player in trying to get his numbers we kind of didn’t like that. We took that personal,” said John Wall, who had 18 points and a season-high 16 assists. “We didn’t have (anything) written on the board. We didn’t say too much. It was a lot more chippie, a lot more trash-talking than it was in the past. As long as we got the win, we’re fine.”