Giannis Antetokounmpo leads Bucks to one of the best NBA seasons ever


Maybe it's time to think about the runaway season in which Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks come together in a historical context.

With an NBA record of 46-7 after beating the Kings on Monday night – without Antetokounmpo, whose son was just born – they are well on their way to winning at least 70 games as the third team in NBA history, even if they ultimately fall shortly before the Golden State record of 73 victories was reached in 2015-16.

The Bucks scored the league's top marks in the 2018/19 regular season, ending the season 60-22 before competing in six games in the Eastern Conference final against eventual NBA champion Toronto.

They were even better this year, prompting GM Jon Horst not to take any major steps before the close of trading last week. (The Bucks signed veteran Marvin Williams after being bought out by the Hornets on Saturday).

"I think we are the best team in the NBA. We have the best record in the NBA," said Antetokounmpo, the reigning league MVP and front runner, who once again had the honor this season, told reporters last week. " For me, I think there should be no change and thank God there was none. I think the people we have, the chemistry we have in the team, is amazing at the moment.

"The guys we play with are great and these are the guys I'm going to go to war with. These are the guys I've been going to war with all season." I'm glad that we still have the same team. "

This team has not lost games in a row for the second year under coach Mike Budenholzer throughout the season. it's at every turn for 71.1 wins.

The bucks seem to have been led for one of the most beautiful seasons in NBA history, with the above-mentioned Warriors and the 1995-96 Bulls (72-10) being the only teams in the league to score at least 70 wins.

With 17 of their last 29 games against teams currently winning records, can the Bucks realistically reach such high heights?

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Keep in mind that their average profit margin (12.5 points per game) reaches the goal to set an NBA record. The brand is currently held by the Lakers from 1971 to 1972, who have won 69 games with a record of 12.28 points. The 95-96 Bulls had a difference of 12.24 points, while the 15-16 Warriors had a lead of 10.76.

The Bucks has scored at least 100 points in 77 consecutive games since February 23 last season, the eighth longest streak in league history. They could be third on this list next week.

During their 18-game winning streak from November 10th to December 14th, they haven't been tested in any game in the last five minutes.

"Continuity means a lot to us," said Budenholzer, who coached Atlanta from 2013 to 18, after Saturday's win against Orlando. "We were together for a year and a half, a lot of us. I think that's an advantage and an advantage that we have."

"Obviously, what they have done so far is impressive. Excited that we can get better and this group can grow. They see it every day, how they work, how they get along, how they compete with each other. I feel very much good with our team. "

Horst brought the 50-year-old Budenholzer with him before last season, a year after he had an important deal with Phoenix for point guard Eric Bledsoe to complement the native core of Antetokounmpo and his colleague All-Star Khris Middleton.

Building on its MVP designation last season, the Greek freak achieved top performances with 30 points and 13.5 rebounds. In fact, his numbers in these categories have improved in each of his seven seasons since the Bucks selected him with the 15th selection in the 2013 draft.

Middleton, who signed a $ 178 million five-year deal last summer to stay in Milwaukee, is contributing a 20.5 ppg career high to secure his second nod in a row as an all-star star ,

Veterans Brook Lopez – the former Nets Center – and Wesley Matthews, who replaced the late Malcolm Brogdon, round off Milwaukee's starting eleven. Former second-year Villanova star Donte Divincenzo, Lopez & # 39; twin brother Robin, George Hill, Kyle Korver Ersan Ilyasova, and now Williams, provide variety and experience from the bank.

"I think one of our strengths is our depth, our chemistry," Korver told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "On a day of analytics where everything is set in a formula, you cannot do this with chemistry, and you cannot do it with some of the relationships that we have built on this team.

 € œYou could argue that we might need something, and you could argue that taking someone out could interfere with the chemistry we have. Either way, you could make an argument. We have a pretty good thing. I don't think anything had to be done urgently. "

Milwaukee's record pace also made the team's starters more calm, especially Antetokounmpo. He only plays 30.9 minutes per game, the lowest since his rookie season, and is 63rd in the league until Sunday. Middleton was 85th at 29.5 minutes a night.

Aside from injuries, the bucks should be rested and ready for the playoffs and a run at an NBA championship, while still preparing to end one of the best regular seasons in NBA history.

"Many teams get players so they can play against us, they can protect us better, only better against us," said Antetokounmpo. "When we see every other team compete against each other and try to attract players so that they can compete against us and other great teams in the NBA, we feel good."