Will the Bucks Be Great Again?

Maxwell Timmer, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

Last season the Milwaukee Bucks finished with a 60-22 record and made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals. After a very successful season under new coaching, all eyes are on Milwaukee to continue this success. Here is an in-depth look at the Milwaukee Bucks’ offseason.

  • Offseason acquisitions

The Bucks were quite busy this summer with the additions of Thanasis Antetokounmpo (Giannis Antetokounmpo’s brother), Robin Lopez, Wesley Matthews and Kyle Korver. Korver and Matthews provide much needed depth in the point guard and shooting guard position. They both also shoot the three at a high percentage, which is crucial for a star like Giannis Antetokounmpo. 

  • Offseason losses

Even though the Bucks added many players, they weren’t immune to losing players to other teams. Malcom Brodgon, last year’s starting shooting guard, signed a four-year 85mil contract with the Indiana Pacers. The Bucks had the chance to match this contract offer (because he was a restricted free agent) but decided to match it and then trade Brogdon to the Pacers for draft picks. This was a blow for Milwaukee because of how effective Brogdon was on the court. Losing an efficient shooting guard like Brogdon was challenging, but Milwaukee couldn’t afford to retain Brogdon and other starters. 

  •  Offseason retentions 

Three starters for Milwaukee were on their last contract year after this season. Milwaukee retained all-star Khris Middleton and center Brook Lopez. During the season they also retained starting point guard Eric Bledsoe. This was key in keeping the key core of Milwaukee for years to come. 

With all the moves, I give the Milwaukee Bucks a B+ for their offseason. Even though they lost Brogdon, they retained and gained crucial players for the team. Milwaukee is projected to be a top team in the league this coming season, and this offseason sets them up for greatness.