Projected by many to finish atop the Eastern Conference, the Milwaukee Bucks came into training camp (which started Tuesday (10/1) at the University of Wisconsin) with very high expectations for the team, and also for their star player, Giannis Antetokounmpo. The reigning 2019 NBA MVP will have to prove he can lead his team to the NBA Finals, with concern among Bucks fans that he may not re-sign with the team this next offseason if they don’t make the Finals. Antetokounmpo will be eligible, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, for a “Supermax” contract worth around $250 million dollars. That would be the richest contract in NBA history. The Bucks have made it clear they intend to re-sign Antetokounmpo (their GM, Jon Horst, was fined $50k by the NBA for saying so), so the obvious hope for Bucks fans is that they can make the finals this year. New to the team this year, former Madison Memorial star Wesley Matthews hopes to make his debut with the team when their first regular season game tips off against the Houston Rockets, in Houston, on Thursday, October 24th on TNT. Also new to the team this year are veterans Robin Lopez (Brook Lopez’s brother) and Kyle Korver. Robin Lopez added a three-point shot to his game this past offseason, as evident in the Bucks first training camp highlight video, which shows Lopez making a three during a drill. Korver, on the other hand, is one of the best three-point shooters of all time. Just like last year, the Bucks will hope to run a “let it fly” offense, with lots of three-pointers under the 2019 NBA Coach of the Year, Mike Budenholzer.
By Nic Braico