Yes, we’re fully aware that many of you may be waking up this Memorial Day Monday ready to rest, refresh, and relax while enjoying hopefully beautiful weather wherever you happen to be reading. With that in mind, we did the best we could to find a good mix of stories from across the internet about the Milwaukee Bucks for your consumption.
Shockingly, there’s a lot of content out there even in a relative dead period news-wise. Of course, the departure of John Hammond as General Manager keeps things interesting, but we’re hoping to (mostly) keep ourselves preoccupied with other topics this morning.
In that vein, we’ll have an off-season preview, a look back on Giannis’s beginnings leading up to his being drafted in 2013, some draft speculation, and a little bit more.
NBA Off-Season Preview: Can The Bucks Grow Into A Contender? (Sports Illustrated)
Sports Illustrated has been running team previews progressively as the playoffs continue, and Milwaukee’s time in the spotlight has arrived. This one is worth reading if only because it helps lay out step-by-step the cap situation facing Milwaukee as they look to continue to make the step from playoff participant to contender.
Hint: The Bucks are, unsurprisingly, a bit hamstrung unless they get creative with the cap and CBA. Sure would be nice to know who the GM is, huh?
The 1 Flaw Each Top Young NBA Player Needs to Work on This Summer (Bleacher Report)
Yes, Giannis Antetokounmpo is largely a perfect human being as a player and generally as a person. However, even with the rosiest of rose-tinted glasses, it is acknowledged that he has some work to do to continue to improve as a player.
It’ll come as no shock to anyone that Bleacher Report figures his outside shooting is his greatest weakness. If he has the ability to drain jumpers at a reliable clip, it would open up dizzying avenues of attack for a guy already vaunted as one of the toughest in the league to guard.
A Hunger for a Better Life May Lead to the NBA (New York Times)
Our very own Editor Emeritus Frank Madden suggested you take a trip in the time machine and get a feel for just how seemingly mysterious Giannis was as a prospect at the time. It is unbelievable just how thoroughly he has already surpassed all expectations at age 22. His journey alone from Greece to the NBA is a shocking success story, and yet there is still so much more to be written. We’re all grateful for that fact.
The takes keep rolling in, and it is always helpful to hear some voices outside our own (awesome) corner of the internet. While much of the information presented includes points argued about here and elsewhere in the Bucks-o-sphere, the biggest point is obvious and important: Fall short in this vacuum, and be ready to kiss much of the team’s hoped-for success goodbye.
No pressure, though!
Do you like second-round pick speculation? Because I sure do, except you’re more often than not totally at a loss when it comes to predicting the order in which players are selected once you get past the 20s in the first-round.
Either way, maybe this piece will give you a few more names to consider and a few more DraftExpress videos as you enjoy the day.
From time to time, it is helpful to check in on the voyages of the other Antetokounmpo boys, if only because of how fun it is dreaming about having multiple Giannis-es (?) on the court at the same time.
While none have been as highly touted as Giannis (though his two younger brothers haven’t reached an age where realistic ideas of the NBA are possible), they still exist, and they are all still physical phenoms at the very least. Take Alex Antetokounmpo who, at age 15 has a 7’2” wingspan. That’s a lot of Antetokounmpo at that age.
Since this is a holiday edition of the roundup, I’m going to cut short with the predictions this week. Go ahead and predict what LeBron’s averages are going to be in the Finals. Hint: Probably insane.
Otherwise, do keep tuned with us as we continue to hurtle through an off-season with no one reliably at the helm, a draft in just a few weeks, and free agency right behind that! The early off-season is the best, isn’t it?
Oh, and note that I saw the suggestions in last week’s post about potentially including some highlights from social media and such things in future roundups. I will work to being including these in the future; unfortunately, it has been a busy week/weekend coming back to Wisconsin to visit family, so I’ve been tied up. We’ll rectify it in the near-future!
Happy Memorial Day, and naturally: