Before the season started, everyone pegged the Boston Celtics as the team to beat in the Eastern Conference. Sadly for Beantown, their path to the Finals has become a lot more challenging than they thought despite LeBron James heading West. The Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers seem to be playing on par with the C’s, but there is one team that I feel looks far superior than the three aforementioned teams.
The Milwaukee Bucks are on a roll. They currently sit first in the East with a 41-14 record, and do not appear to be slowing down. With Mike Budenholzer taking over as head coach, the Bucks have been able to mesh very well on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court. They are currently scoring 117.2 points per game (2nd to the Warriors) and are tied 6th with the Denver Nuggets allowing just over 107 points a game.
The combination of veterans and young players on the team make the Bucks scary. They have everything. A superstar in Giannis Antetokounmpo who is unstoppable driving through the paint. They have shooters in Malcolm Brogdon, Khris Middleton, and the newly acquired Nikola Mirotic. Add in Eric Bledsoe, George Hill, and Brook Lopez, Milwaukee has plenty of depth to compete with anyone in the league.
I feel like people are disregarding the team because they are just the small market Bucks, but they are anything but small when it comes to their play. Do not be surprised if you see them matched up with Golden State in the June when the NBA Finals rolls around.
-Jarrod Ribaudo (@Jribs53)
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