Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks were looking to make a bang in this year’s playoffs. The bubble, however, had other plans for them.
Ever since arriving in Orlando, the Bucks looked slow and unfocused. Whether they were looking too far ahead or just in a slump, it was bad. And before we knew it, the regular season machine we came to know over this last year was heading home. After their final loss, the obvious question was being asked before Milwaukee could even leave the court; will Giannis stay?
(Jesse D. Garrabrant)
Well, the greatest thing that could’ve happened to a Bucks fan (after losing in the playoffs) happened when Giannis addressed the concern. Shortly after their elimination, Giannis was asked if he would be leaving Milwaukee, and the dynamic Bucks star quickly responded.
"It's not happening"
Couldn’t be better right? Wrong. Giannis has the potential to become one of the greatest players ever, but that won’t come without championships. He needs to win, so here are his options.
Change the Bucks
To change the Bucks, they must remove certain players and add certain players. In addition to Giannis and Khris Middleton, one more piece could be all Milwaukee needs to win a championship. Here are some good options:
For a team trying to keep a young Giannis until his retirement, the Bucks need a younger player that can grow and play with Giannis for the long haul. It is this reason alone that disqualifies Chris Paul as a good option for Milwaukee. Chris very well may help them win a championship this year, but what comes next? Paul would either be less valuable or gone, leaving the Bucks back at square one. Next, we look at Victor Oladipo. Oladipo was an all-star until his injury, which just goes to show he is more than valuable to any team. And not only is he young and talented, but he fits Milwaukee’s style of play. His defensive, slashing, and floor-spacing abilities are perfect to complement who Giannis is as a player. In addition, the Bucks would have to give up fewer draft picks and young players to get him compared to Chris Paul, or maybe even the next option, Jrue Holiday. The Pelicans point guard is another solid option for the Milwaukee Bucks. At only 30 years old, Jrue still has plenty of time left to play at a high level. Holiday’s main issue in playing with the Bucks is that he does not have a great three-point shot, and therefore cannot further open up the lane for Giannis to attack. Overall, Victor Oladipo is a great option that Milwaukee should consider this offseason. He is definitely worth the price.
Leave the Bucks
If the Bucks are unwilling to change over the next couple of seasons, the Greek freaks’ only option may be to take his talents elsewhere. Here are a few teams that could help Giannis achieve his goal of winning championships:
Golden State Warriors