The Eastern Conference became wide open once LeBron James finally departed to the Western Conference. Teams like the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors are all very confident that they can claim the conference. However, is it possible that Giannis Antetokounmpo could steal the show and lead the Milwaukee Bucks back to the top of the East?
A Bright Past:
The Greek Freak had the best season of his career this past year. He averaged 26.9 points per game, coupled with 10.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists. He finished sixth in MVP voting and carried the Bucks to a mediocre playoff season. The Bucks lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Celtics. No matter, finishing with the seventh seed in the East was still unimpressive.
As the 2018 NBA offseason continues to dwindle and the upcoming 2018-19 season begins to creep closer and closer, expectations for the Bucks continue to rise. Although the Bucks lost Jabari Parker in free agency, they gained some key pieces in Ersan Ilyasova and Brook Lopez. They also drafted a recent college national champion, Donte DiVincenzo.
An Even Brighter Future:
The point is that the Bucks seem to have improved despite losing a potential star in Parker. With that being said, Antetokounmpo is set to be the number one option on Milwaukee yet again. Currently, his ceiling is at an all time high. He’s actually predicted to be a early candidate for the 2019 MVP position.
Knowing the Bucks’ history, it’s possible that this scenario could go completely unknown. Milwaukee has continuously let down their fans year after year with disappointing results. However, with the new Fiserv Forum finally coming to fruition and a fresh season, the Cream City may just be on the rise sooner than we think. Antetokounmpo has the chance to be an MVP next season, let’s see if he lives up to these high expectations.