Is the 2014-15 Milwaukee Bucks season a success? A trip to the NBA Playoffs for a matchup against the Chicago Bulls doesn't feel like much of a reward, but this year was never supposed to be about a grand postseason experience. If you want the true answer to this question, it's important to understand that Giannis Antetokounmpo is the path to happiness and contentment. In fact, feel free to jump ahead to the 19:30 mark in the podcast embedded below for hardcore Giannis talk. It might be all that matters when it comes to reviewing the season.
But a certain degree of disappointment is understandable. The injury to Jabari Parker and the supremely odd Larry Sanders saga cast a shadow on this campaign, and missing out on a year of Jabari's development is especially painful. Yet if you split events into two categories (things the Bucks can control vs. things the Bucks can't control), Milwaukee has done a pretty decent job of improving the situation. The Brandon Jennings trade continues to pay dividends in the form of Khris Middleton's success, the Jared Dudley trade speaks for itself, the Zaza Pachulia signing is better than anyone could have imagined, Jason Kidd and his staff have built an identity around an aggressive defensive scheme, and Giannis has flashed skills in a variety of important areas. It's hard to feel too down about a team that forced its way into the playoff conversation early and never let go of its spot.
Do you consider the season a success? Take a listen to our season-in-review podcast and let us know what you think in the comments. (Note 1: A proper Bucks vs. Bulls playoff preview will be coming soon.) (Note 2: The old Bucks vs. Heat playoff intro rap we reference at the outset of the podcast is available here.)
(Note: Here's our Bucks vs. Bulls series preview podcast as well.)