The city of Milwaukee hasn’t won a major professional sports championship in the last 50 years. They had a great run with the Milwaukee Brewers missing the World Series by only one game and now they have the Milwaukee Bucks who are a top team in the NBA right now. They are at the top of the league standings for the start of the new year with a record of 26-10. Even after this hot start, will it be enough to keep them going throughout the rest of the season and into the playoffs?
The Bucks started off the season playing very well. They went 7-0 to start the season but then would only win two of the next nine games. Fortunately, they have been playing very good basketball lately and finished off 2018 with a record of 25-10. This would bring the Bucks to 15 games over .500 which is very impressive for their head coach, Mike Budenholzer.
Now they will have to figure out how they can stay at the top of the league. It’s impressive to finish in first at the end of December but it is also more impressive to finish in first at the end of the regular season. The rest of the season is actually looking promising for the Bucks as their star player, Giannis Antetokounmpo, is having an MVP caliber season.
Antetokounmpo is averaging 26.3 points per game along with 12.6 rebounds per game and is shooting nearly 60% from the field. His length and athleticism makes him nearly impossible to stop in the paint.
The biggest step they made this season was bringing in their new head coach, Mike Budenholzer. He likes to run a spread offense that encourages a lot of ball movement and creates more opportunities to shoot a wide open three. It also helps out Giannis a lot by spreading the floor and allowing for him to drive to the basket one on one. Most teams will try to double Giannis but this leaves a risk of leaving an open three point shooter.
They high scoring offense is now averaging 117.0 points per game. This is significantly higher than what they’ve averaged in the last 10 years.
The Milwaukee Bucks are playing great basketball this season. They have made the playoffs three times in the last four seasons, even though they never had higher than the six seed. But they know what to expect when playing in the post season. They have been their many times before.