The Milwaukee Bucks continue to get their respect across NBA platforms despite a first-round flop against the Miami Heat in the playoffs a season ago. On the NBA.com preseason rankings, the Milwaukee Bucks are ranked as the top team in the Eastern Conference.
This comes as a surprise because the Bucks are not getting younger, and it appears as if the Boston Celtics also got better in the offseason. Milwaukee was 58-24 a season ago in the Eastern Conference. They pretty much bring back the same roster as they had last season.
The only difference with the Milwaukee Bucks heading into 2023-2024 is Adrian Griffin Jr. is coaching the team and not Mike Budenholzer. Milwaukee will be high in a lot of power rankings because of Giannis Antetokounmpo. When you have a top-five player in the league, this is what is going to happen.
Milwaukee Bucks Ranked As Top Team in East on NBA.com
NBA.com’s John Schuhmann wrote, “Since Jrue Holiday arrived three years ago, the Bucks have outscored their opponents by 11.5 points per 100 possession in 2,600 total minutes with him, Khris Middleton, and Giannis Antetokounmpo on the floor together.”
There will be some coaching differences between Adrian Griffin Jr. and Mike Budenholzer, but what is important is that all three of those players stay healthy this season for the Milwaukee Bucks, plus defensive ace Brook Lopez.
Schuhmann also said, “In any system, the Bucks will be really good as long as those three guys are healthy.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo is already the Bucks’ all-time leading scorer, assists leader, and shot blocker. He is also second all-time in Bucks history in rebounds and fourth all-time in steals.
Giannis ranks for the Milwaukee Bucks :
PTS | 1st
REB | 2nd
AST | 1st
STL | 4th
BLK | 1st
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If the bench plays well and if Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez, Khris Middleton, and Jrue Holiday remain healthy for the Milwaukee Bucks season, they could be one of the top teams in the NBA once again.