The Milwaukee Bucks won’t look the same
The Milwaukee Bucks have arguably the second or third-best player in the world with Giannis Antetokounmpo, but as we’ve seen throughout NBA history, that isn’t enough to win you an NBA title. No one player has ever dragged a club of laymen to an NBA Championship. And the Bucks are looking like a team that may be radically different in 2023-2024. Considering they were the top seed in the East, and finished seven games ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the standing, any type of roster makeover will open up the Cavs to compete.
Right off the bat, Atetokounmpo’s best teammate, Khris Middleton, is likely on his way out. He wants too much money for what he provides at this point in his career and now over 30 and the injury history he has, Middleton isn’t someone you want to be a sidekick to your star. Not anymore. If he wants to come back at a reduced rate so that the Bucks can bring in other players, great. But he’s no longer able to be the number two guy.
The Bucks are likely to bring him back, but after the year he had, and the recent news of knee surgery, they really should think twice.
Another name on the way out, at least we think, could be Brook Lopez. He has been the second-best defender on the roster as of late behind Antetokounmpo. Not to mention, if Middleton struggles or isn’t brought back and the team moves on from Lopez, it’s very likely that the Bucks could realistically move on from Jrue Holiday as well.