That’s 13.5 wins more than their predicted over/under.
That’s the first time they’ve reached that mark since the 1980s.
That’s the highest win total any team in the entire NBA will reach this year.
That’s the traditional dividing line between good seasons and great seasons.
The Milwaukee Bucks — the same team that looked dangerously close to the precipice just a calendar year ago — have no equals. They score too much, they defend too well, they routinely bury opponents with double-digit victories, and they have a Giannis Antetokounmpo.
In a best-case scenario you could envision a ceiling of wins in the 50s as Giannis labored his team to success a la James Harden. His existence would put a solid floor on how far this franchise could go, and it was up to everyone around him to extend the horizons.
And they’ve done it. The absolute maniacs have done it.
Unlocking Giannis Antetokounmpo: How the Bucks Turned the Greek Freak into the MVP (Sports Illustrated)
If you haven’t already, you should probably rush over to your nearest newstand/grocery store/Walgreen’s and nab the latest edition of Sports Illustrated. Not only will you pick up a piece of memorabilia featuring a sweet “spotlight” photo of Giannis dunking, but you’ll get a well-written piece detailing the rise of Giannis this season.
Another in what will surely prove to be a long line of Giannis-focused covers, but you might as well start collecting now!
Echoes of ‘74: Giannis, Bucks clinch best record (ESPN) & Giannis is the MVP, but can he do it in the playoffs? (ESPN) & The Definitive Case for Giannis Antetokounmpo as 2019 NBA MVP (The Action Network)
Lots of links embedded here, but I think they do well to encapsulate the unbelievable season the Bucks have had, the reason why Giannis could and should win the MVP award, and the obstacles that could still emerge as we begin our voyage into the post-season.
Don’t let the “can he do it in the playoffs?” header steam you, either. Each article does a good job looking at the year that’s been relatively dispassionately, placing it within the constellation of NBA history. Now it’s up to Milwaukee to be on the leading edge of histories yet to be written.
Do the Bucks and Sixers Have Beef? An Investigation. (The Ringer) & Giannis Antetokounmpo Proved Something To Joel Embiid (Deadspin)
While it is clear the Bucks and Sixers have a certain level of distaste for one another, I’m not sure if they themselves would consider it a true rivalry until they meet in the playoffs.
It’s a different story for us yokels on the internet that make up the fanbase. I think I speak for many when I say that there are few times that draw my ire like the Sixers. Maybe it’s the persecution complex rampant in Philly-dom, maybe it’s the anointing of the Sixers’ arrival before they’ve accomplished much of anything, or maybe it’s because their stars are babies/cowards/thespians.
A series between these two would be fraught with countless storylines and drama, so if that’s what it takes to make this a legit rivalry, I welcome it.
The magic formula that made D.J. Wilson relevant? There is none. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
With the regular season just a hop and a skip away from closing, a look back on the unlikely emergence of DJ Wilson feels right, if only one last time.
A subject of much haranguing his rookie season, Wilson seemed destined to hang his name up in the rafters of mid-first-round picks jettisoned to obscurity after failing to breakthrough. You know how the story has gone since then, but a small look provided by the JS’s Lori Nickel behind the curtain of DJ’s campaign to NBA relevancy provides the little details that make the picture of his arrival whole.
Bucks Co-Owner Marc Lasry (Full 48 Podcast)
This one is a late addition, so I haven’t had a chance to listen, but podcast host/Bleacher Report lead writer Howard Beck puts out consistently good work. I expect this sit down with Marc Lasry to be no different.
The Social Media Section
I hope you’re ready to run through a wall after this pep talk (NSFW)
Giannis is truly a man of the people
Sidney Moncrief has been elected into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019, sources tell ESPN. A formal announcement will come Saturday in Minneapolis. Moncrief was a five-time All-Star and five-time All-NBA guard with the Milwaukee Bucks.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 6, 2019
Active week for DJ
Legend has it that, if you create a timelapse video of a sunset, your thumb heals to be 120% it’s original strength
Riley’s 2018-2019 Weekly Prediction Record: 49-32
It’s hard to believe it’s come down to the final week of the season, but we’re so close to 50 correct predictions, I can almost taste it. One more educated guess is the difference between a three and a four seed; the difference between a year to remember or simply being an also-ran; the difference between glory and irrelevance...
All that’s left for Milwaukee is a visit from Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and the rest of the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday. The Bucks have literally nothing left to play for: They’ve got 60 wins, they have home-court throughout the playoffs, and I can’t imagine there’s much Giannis Antetokounmpo could do to burnish his credentials any further. OKC is still locked in a tight three-way race for the sixth seed out West, so they may show up giving something resembling a damn. That alone will be enough to give the Thunder one more much-needed win.
As always, it’s been a pleasure putting together this piece every week throughout the season. You have my eternal thanks for keeping along as I scour the internet for the best of the Bucks from around the globe. This year was one to remember, and all of us here at Brew Hoop are ecstatic at what we’ve witnessed and what is still to come...