By TOM LAMARThe Bucks have been in an offseason of turmoil for a while now.
After finishing the 2017-18 season as the NBA’s worst team, they missed the playoffs.
They missed the postseason in 2018-19 and had to re-do a whole bunch of offseason changes.
This offseason, the Bucks decided to go all in on their young core, which was led by Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker.
The team’s young core combined for an astounding 11.3 wins above replacement last season, which included a 20-point surge in the first half of the season and a 31-point performance in the second half of that same season.
So what happened?
Giannis had a breakout season, and he has put up a nice line of numbers.
He was averaging 20.5 points, 5.4 assists and 3.1 rebounds.
He is also shooting a respectable 48.9 percent from the field and 41.1 percent from 3-point range.
He led the league in assists with 3.9 and is currently second in steals with 1.9.
His shooting is certainly a big factor in his success.
When you look at the Bucks’ offense, Giannis is the driving force behind it.
He gets the ball and drives, and when he gets the chance, he takes advantage of it.
In addition to those stats, Gianni is also one of the best defensive players in the NBA, a testament to his combination of size, athleticism and speed.
He’s also one-of-a-kind defensively.
Last season, Giannias defensive rating was 113.3, which is a far cry from the 110.7 he put up last season.
He finished the season ranked fourth in the league with a defensive rating of 113.4.
It would appear that Giannis has been in a bit of a defensive slump, and that has contributed to his struggles.
Giannis’ shooting has been his biggest problem since the Bucks moved to Milwaukee.
He shot just 37.5 percent from three-point land last season and only had a 46.1 offensive rating.
The Bucks need to do a better job with him on the defensive end.
One of the biggest things the Bucks have to work on is their lack of shooting.
They ranked last in the Eastern Conference with a 28.9 field goal percentage last season in terms of percentage of their field goals that were contested.
That number dropped to 25.4 in 2018.
The Bucks also needed to improve their defense on the glass, which ranked last with a 43.1 effective field goal percent, according to Synergy Sports.
The biggest thing to work with Giannis will be improving his defensive awareness.
He does a great job of anticipating and reacting to shots, but he needs to do that on a nightly basis and improve his understanding of the game.
He’s still very young and has plenty of room to improve, but his upside is undeniable and his potential is there.
Milwaukee should be an interesting franchise moving forward.
It’s an Eastern Conference powerhouse with a solid roster and plenty of young talent.
Giannis can make an impact immediately and has the potential to be a star.
He is a tremendous scorer and will be a force on both ends of the court.
The NBA’s hottest spot has been the Bucks hot spot over the past couple of seasons, so it’s a good fit for Giannis.
The team’s roster is young and filled with talent, so a young, big-time scorer could really help their cause.
If Giannis doesn’t go to a team that wants to take advantage of him, he will likely find a new home with another franchise.