Two years as the No. 1 seed in the East, two disappointing playoff exits ahead of the finals.
The Bucks Removed from post season Tuesday, Lost in five games in the second round To five seed heat. Milwaukee never reached a high during the regular season in Orlando, and its playoff exit ruled MVP Giannis Antetocounpo stepped aside For his team’s last game due to a sprained ankle. With Bucks failing to make the finals for the second consecutive year — and with Zionis becoming a free agent in 2021 — there are already strong ulation rumors about what the future holds for Milwaukee. (Antetoconpo Said Yahoo! Sports Tuesday is the day He said Does not request trade This summer, without saying a word on whether he will sign the Supermax extension to stay with his current club beyond the coming season. Serves as an evaluation.
Bring back Mike Budenholzer?
Let’s start with the lowest-hanging fruits. Budenholzer, Milwaukee’s head coach, is credited with bringing in a spacer attack on the Bucks last season and Zionis helps push the game to new heights. Dating back to his time in Atlanta, Budenholzer has a knack for amassing greater amounts in his teams during the regular season. But a poor performance for the second round coach. He said Overtaken by Eric Spoelstra, Whose disciplinary defense implemented a precise game plan to slow down Antetocounpo, and the bucks were unable to adjust quickly before the series went to bed. Beyond the X and o, Budenholzer’s rotating rotations meant that Zionis and all-star running teammate Chris Middleton played less minutes of confusion than other players of their caliber in the playoff series — especially as they played catch-up. All in all, Budenholzer could have been the first fall man for Milwaukee’s disappointing exit.
Furthermore, hiring a new coach may not solve Bucks ’problems immediately. Can they find someone who trusts Zionis in the contract year? Who are the creative minds in the market right now? Can Milwaukee attract a great coach if Giannis does not sign long term? I wonder how Budenకీholzer will be brought back after the Milwaukee season is over. He is still a very proficient coach, and replacing him is no ordinary task.
What can Zionis add to his game?
What will be the last few moments of it Another MVP season, Giannis Huffing and bloating as he tried to prevent elimination in Game 4, having his most effective game in the Greek Freak Series before injuring his ankle, scoring 19 points in just 11 minutes. It seems unfair to ask Antetokounmpo—Defensive Player of the Year!To do even more. However, the loss to Miami has revealed how a player can slow down his level in the postseason.
Although the reliable elbow jumper goes a long way to stop him from falling out of the paint, Giannis Three doesn’t have to shoot. Antitocounpo will never be Kevin Durant from the midrange, but a consistent foul-line jumper will force the defense to play close with him against sitting in a confined space — a victory for Antetocounpo. Bam Adebayo often hit short jumpers on Brooke Lopez in the second round. He is not a slight three-point shooter. Adding a little scope to his concerts may have changed the game.
It is also fair to ask whether Giannis is best used in his current role. The Bucks had an incredible offense in the regular season and also scored well against Miami. The Milwaukee wheel does not need to be invented. But on a more philosophical level, should Zionis play as close to the wings and circumference player as he does now? Or should he be a more screener, on-the-block, center-ish type player? There are arguments for both. And he doesn’t even have to pick one. Whatever he decides, Zionis will add more elements to his game that will help unlock another level of impact that is not unheard of on Threes shooting.
How does Milwaukee improve the rest of the roster?
Another issue for Bucks in the second round, outside of Giannis and Middleton, is the limitations of the rest of the list. Milwaukee produces a great drive-and-kick look due to Antetocounpo, but he usually kicks a three-point shooter cast below average. Bucks do not have a natural point guard and / or playmaker, so they can take advantage of the protections loaded on Giannis. And the supporting cast often lacks the creativity of other competitors, who usually have a role player or two, who can warm up for a brief stretch and carry guilt.
Identifying problems is one thing, figuring out how to solve them is another. GM Joan Horst mourned Malcolm Brogdon for his tenure last summer. Brogdon is not only a better player than current point guard Eric Bledso, who struggled for his third consecutive post season – he could also be a valuable trade chip after signing. As it is currently being built, Milwaukee has lost assets to improve the team. Bucks have no hat space. While players like George Hill and Brooke Lopez are solid, they may not be as valuable to other teams in the trading market. Due to a small guarantee in 2022, Bledso really has only two seasons left in his contract, even then it will be difficult to move on.
So what does Bucks do? Through cap exemptions and experienced minimums we hope they can get shooting at a free agency. With a force like Giannis with very open looks, Milwaukee wants to be top-ten by three points next year. And should consider moving Middleton. He is the only player on the team who can make a big profit. Bucks should not be forced to move him. On the other hand, if he can get a star like Chris Paul or multiple valuable pieces, Middleton business should at least be on the table. Moving on from him was tough, especially after he grew up to be an all-star with Giannis. Finally, the Bucks season was disappointing for the second year in a row. After a series of disappointing finale, it was even more frustrating to try to run the same cast again for the third time in a row.