The Milwaukee Bucks won the NBA championship just two seasons ago.
However, it seems like they’re not getting enough credit or league-wide recognition as potential threats to go the distance again this season.
The Bucks are breathing down the Boston Celtics’ necks for first place in the Eastern Conference, and that’s despite all the injury woes they’ve suffered throughout the season.
That’s why former NBA player Kendrick Perkins believes they should be the frontrunner to win the NBA championship in 2023.
“[The Milwaukee Bucks] should be the favorites to win it all,” Perkins said on ESPN. “It’s no disrespect to the Boston Celtics, but when it comes down to the Bucks, and it comes down to Giannis Antetokounmpo — this is the best player in the league. We’ve heard Jayson Tatum, Donovan Mitchell, Ja Morant say it. When it comes down to a guy imposing his will.”
“[The Milwaukee Bucks] should be the favorites to win it all.”
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Perkins explained that they should be the favorite because they’ll have the best player on the court in every single series, stating that Giannis Antetokounmpo is just imposing his will over everybody else in the league.
The Bucks play beautiful team basketball.
They have a potential Defensive Player of the Year in Brook Lopez, one of the most disruptive and suffocating defenders in Jrue Holiday, and an underrated All-Star in Khris Middleton, who’s still working his way back to top form.
Add an experienced coach in Mike Budenholzer and two elite sixth-men in Joe Ingles and Bobby Portis, and you have yourself a contender.
But more than that, it is Antetokounmpo’s presence that makes them a legit candidate.
We’re taking him for granted and getting used to him posting MVP-caliber numbers year in and year out, but there’s absolutely no reason to think anything he’s doing is even slightly normal.
So, it’s time people finally start giving the Bucks their flowers, as this team could beat anybody in a seven-game series.NEXT: Lakers Get More Bad News For Tonight's Game Against Thunder