What’s next for the Bucks?


This past Tuesday the Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Miami Heat in the second round of the playoffs in only five games. This was very disappointing for the Bucks due to the team having the best record in the league and being heavy favorites of going to the NBA Finals. This is the second straight year for the Bucks having the best record in the league and still not making the finals. So the question arises: what’s next for this great team and their superstar player in Giannis Antetokoumpo?


On June 27, 2013, the Milwaukee Bucks with the 15th pick selected a 6’9 190 lbs forward out of Greece who was 18 years old. People didn’t expect much out of this European unicorn, but he became something bigger than everyone expected. That player is Giannis Antetokoumpo, he is now a one time MVP, one time defensive player of the year, and four-time all-star. Anteokoumpo’s contract is up in 2021 so after next season he is free to sign with any team he wants to play for. The Bucks have the opportunity to pay him more than everyone else by giving him the supermax contract. Giving Antetokounmpo his extension will be on the bucket list and will be their priority. 


The Milwaukee Bucks are a very deep team and have players to trade to add another superstar for Antetokounmpo to play with. If I were the Bucks I would trade for another scorer that can also be a playmaker. The perfect option would be Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder or Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards. Both of these players would be great options next to Giannis. Beal would be a perfect fit next to Giannis due to him being a great scorer and an excellent shooter of the catch. That would be amazing for Giannis when he drives in and gets doubled so he can kick out to Beal for a wide-open corner three. Chris Paul also would be a great fit by relieving Giannis’s role as a playmaker and let Giannis be more focused on defense and scoring the basketball. Paul and Antekoumpo also would be excellent in the pick and roll game. If they leave Paul open he will knock down the open mid-range jump shot but if they leave Giannis open Paul would only have to throw a good alley-oop pass up to Giannis for the dunk. I believe it will be very important for the Bucks to add another superstar so they can compete to win the NBA finals. 


The Bucks will have a very interesting offseason with many moves deciding their future. If it goes perfect they could be NBA Champions by 2021 but if it goes bad they could be losing their superstar in Giannis Antetokounmpo. I can’t wait to see what the Bucks will do because it can change the NBA forever.