There has been much noise about what the other teams in the Eastern Conference have done this season, but don’t sleep on the Milwaukee Bucks.
A little more than a year ago, the Milwaukee Bucks won their first NBA championship since the 1971 season. Led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday, and Khris Middleton, who were all relatively young, it appears to be the potential start of a dynasty.
However, that’s not exactly how the postseason played out for the Bucks this past season. Instead of making another deep playoff run, the Bucks lost in the second round of the playoffs to the Boston Celtics. After holding a 3-2 series lead, Milwaukee lost in Game 7 at the hands of the upstart Celtics.
It was a tough pill to swallow considering the circumstances and was even more difficult to accept considering the Bucks had a golden opportunity to repeat as champs. Nevertheless, it wasn’t meant to be for the Bucks.
That said, Milwaukee has reloaded this offseason and is ready to get back into the title picture in the Eastern Conference. And while all the offseason noise has surrounded the likes of the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, and Brooklyn Nets in the East, it would be unwise to forget about the Bucks.
In fact, we explore three reasons why the Bucks should still be considered the favorites to win the East after a disappointing showing in the postseason.