After agreeing to a long-term contract extension with Giannis Antetokounmpo before the start of the season, making him the highest-paid player in NBA history, the Milwaukee Bucks definitely looks like one of the teams to beat in the entire NBA. While having the back-to-back league MVP in Antetokounmpo definitely helps them in their efforts to be a title contender, it was the moves they made this offseason that look to make them a better team than they were last season, a season in which they won 56 games.
One of the biggest trades of the offseason was when Milwaukee was able to acquire the former All-Star combo-guard, Jrue Holiday from the New Orleans Pelicans. With Giannis and Middleton last year, this team had a solid one-two punch, but when teams took away Middleton’s productivity late in the season, the Bucks struggled to find someone else that could elevate their game next to Giannis.
Now, they have Holiday to be that third-option and facilitator on the offensive end of the court, and things have worked pretty well so far as Milwaukee is 5-3 through 8 games. Holiday’s effectiveness as a great two-way player in the NBA is where he has made a name for himself over the years and the Bucks hope this is the missing piece to their championship puzzle.
Early on this season, Milwaukee looks like one of the better offensive teams in the league, as they rank first in points per game, field goal percentage, three-point percentage, and three-pointers made per game.
With the Bucks becoming a better overall offensive team this year instead of focusing on the defensive side of things, they may be looking to add more perimeter-oriented weapons near the trade deadline this season, especially given the lack of productivity Brook Lopez has given them this year.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has the ability to play the center position for the Bucks and as a result, they could surround him with even more playmakers and scoring threats when it matters most. Let’s take a look at a potential trade that would bring in two offensive-minded players who are three-point threats to put around Giannis.