Milwaukee turned their roster into a legit championship contender this past offseason, they got Giannis Antetokounmpo to agree to a super-max extension, making him the highest paid player in NBA history, but the one thing they still do not have is a championship. With key additions in Jrue Holiday, Bobby Portis and Bryn Forbes, the Bucks are hoping to win their first title since 1971.
While they are definitely a championship contender, there is a cause for concern for this team early on in the year. They have lost 8 games, but these losses have been to the Celtics, Knicks, Heat, Jazz, Nets, Lakers, Pelicans and Hornets. Four of those teams look like legit championship contenders this season and the others are playoff hopefuls this year.
The Bucks best two wins of the season are against the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers and other than those two games, they have beaten up on some of the bottom-tier teams in the league. Nothing about this team’s resume is impressive right now and as a result, it is something to monitor moving forward.
If they cannot prove that they can beat teams like the Nets, Jazz and Lakers, then this team is going to be in for a long season and once again, disappointment in the playoffs. However, there are some areas the Bucks can still improve to better their overall roster.
They are already $1.8M over the tax threshold and are paying luxury taxes to have the team they do this year, but Milwaukee can still make some smaller moves near the NBA trade deadline to ultimately better themselves come playoff time. JJ Redick is one of the best three-point shooters in NBA history and has been made available by the New Orleans Pelicans in trade talks.
Could Milwaukee look to add JJ Redick before the NBA trade deadline and add another high-level perimeter shooter to a roster that already is already near the top of the league in three-point shooting?