Will the Bucks Do It This Season?

Sam Schmid, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

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The NBA season got underway this past week, and the hometown Milwaukee Bucks are already ready for a great season. 

This follows a year where the Bucks got the number one seed in the Eastern Conference and made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals, eventually losing in game 6 to the Toronto Raptors. 

The Bucks last season received great performances all year from MVP winner Giannis Antetokounmpo and All-Star small forward Khris Middleton. 

“Giannis has shown improvement every year since he’s been in the league. All we need now is a championship,” said Max Timmer, a senior at Notre Dame and a basketball fanatic.

The implications of the success of the Bucks in the last few seasons not only boosted the morale of the fans but also improved many other aspects.

The revenue of the Milwaukee Bucks increased by 14% from $179 million to $204 million. 

This seems to be an ongoing trend, as teams’ success increases, the revenue, the fan interest, the ticket sales, increase as well.

A prime example of this is the Golden State Warriors, winning three championships in five years. They saw their revenue increase from $168 million in 2014, to nearly $430 million in 2019.

There are a lot of all-time highs for the Bucks right now, both as a team and individually.

First of all, the Bucks record this past season turned out to be 60-22, their first team having a 60-win season since the 1980-1981 season. 

Individually, Antetokounmpo has won the first MVP for the Milwaukee Bucks since Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won it back in 1973.

The supporting cast around Antetokounmpo and Middleton has seen some changes over the offseason.

Some noteworthy departures from the Bucks were guard Malcom Brogdon, who signed an 85 million dollar contract with the Indiana Pacers, and forward Nikola Mirotic, who elected to play overseas for FC Barcelona.

The Bucks gained veteran talent in free agency, however, picking up sharpshooters Wesley Matthews and Kyle Korver.

The only problem with signing vetern guys in free agency, in my opinion, is that it puts the Bucks in a “win-now” situation.

With the average age of the Bucks roster being around 30 years old and Antetokounmpo becoming an unrestricted free agent this upcoming summer, the future for the Bucks franchise could be at risk.

This gives the Bucks this lone season to try to bring a championship home, a feat they haven’t achieved in nearly 49 years.

 

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