The Milwaukee Bucks greatly increased their fan total last season. Coach Jason Kidd’s Bucks played a revolutionary style of positionless basketball, thus grasping the attention of fans around the nation. This new profound philosophy made Milwaukee an unstoppable force both offensively, and defensively.
The entire operation was run by the Greek Freak himself, Giannis Antetokounmpo; who after being drafted 15th overall in 2013, has added different aspects to his game year after year. This ultimately propelled himself into a starting role on the 2017 Eastern Conference All-Star team along with achieving Most Improved Player honors for the 2016-17 season.
To Milwaukee’s credit, they have managed to assemble a marvelous, exciting team; with that being said, they only have one All-Star on their team. The modern day NBA requires multiple All-Stars along with great role players to even be mentioned in the same vicinity as the Golden State Warriors or Cleveland Cavaliers – which creates a dilemma in Milwaukee.
It was a league-wide ideology that the Bucks’ future would likely be a successful one, but they were not expected to finish among the top teams in the East as early as last season. Nevertheless, they surprised everyone by finishing with a 42-40 record and pushing the third-seeded Toronto Raptors to a six-game series which they subsequently lost. (via BasketballReference)
Due to their premature success, the Bucks must heavily contemplate whether or not the addition of another piece that can compete at an All-Star level will truly help them currently, and long term. Some star-studded names that have been thrown around in trade rumors include the likes of, Eric Bledose, Carmelo Anthony, Marc Gasol, and possibly even DeMarcus Cousins – any of the aformentioned would help Milwaukee greatly.
For most franchises, adding another star at the trade deadline or during the regular season is hindered due to the team not having a matching salary; but since Greg Monroe opted into his $17.9 million contract, it gives Milwaukee an expendable, expiring contract to deal for a star if they decide to take that route.
Milwaukee Bucks center Greg Monroe plans to opt-in on his 2017-18 deal for $17.88 million, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 21, 2017
Fortunately for Milwaukee, they possess a lot of flexibility – something most teams can’t claim. They have undoubtedly one of the strongest young cores, paired along with the best player in the NBA under the age of 24. If the Bucks choose to ride it out with what they’ve got, they’ll continue to be a great team regardless; but if Milwaukee are serious about their championship prophecies, they must add another star as soon as possible.