The Milwaukee Bucks continue to be overlooked, and that’s a big mistake.
Moreover, people need to realize that they go way beyond Giannis Antetokounmpo.
In fact, they go beyond their stacked starting lineup, as Bobby Portis has also given them a big push off the bench night in and night out.
The former Chicago Bulls power forward has been so impressive this season that NBA analyst Eddie Gonzalez believes he should be at the top of the Sixth Man of the Year race:
“You know, when you watch him, he plays so free,” Gonzalez said. He plays like he has the ultimate green light, which is kind of funny because — remember Bobby Portis earlier in his career — he’s just not the player he was. (…) They’re giving him the freedom to do whatever he wants on that court, and he’s rewarded them with great play; great playoff performances in their Finals run, he signed that big contract, and… 10 rebounds off the bench is tough, and it’s a long time coming for him because he’s been a key contributor to that team for quite some time.”
Portis has made great strides to salvage his NBA career, that’s for sure.
He went from being an afterthought and a defensive liability to becoming a never-ending source of energy and a walking double-double off the bench.
So, yeah, even if he’s not the most dominant player in the league by any means, someone averaging 14 and 10 off the bench should most definitely get some Sixth Man of the Year consideration.