Milwaukee Bucks: 3 reasons why the Bucks are better than last season

Milwaukee Bucks Donte DiVincenzo (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Milwaukee Bucks, on paper, have improved by six wins compared to this point last season. Here are three less-talked about reasons as to why.

The Milwaukee Bucks being good this year is not a surprise. Everyone who saw what the team did last year (and everyone who recognized Giannis Antetokounmpo’s existence) knew they’d once again be a top team in the NBA barring tragedy.

But it’s fair to say hardly anyone suggested that the team would actually improve upon their success from last year, yet here we are. Milwaukee is a staggering 37-6 this season. At this point last year they were 30-12.

Many fairly thought the team would slightly regress without Malcolm Brogdon in uniform this season. While he has been great thus far for the Pacers, the Bucks have yet to drastically feel his absence to an overwhelming degree.

That’s because the Bucks are simply better this season. Despite their biggest additions being Wesley Mathews and Robin Lopez, they are simply better.

Now, that’s not to discredit those two additions by any means; but when you consider the losses from last year (Brogdon, Nikola Mirotic), it becomes obvious that there must be some other positive stuff going on from within.

Many will suggest the improvement from MVP front runner, Giannis, and specifically, acknowledge his improved jumper. That narrative has long been discussed though; here is a look at three other “less-discussed” reasons on why Milwaukee has improved.

Honorable mention: Robin Lopez’s defensive bench presence – when his brother Brook Lopez leaves the floor – certainly makes life easier in Milwaukee and deserves praise.