Trusting In Growth From Within
Stars are an incredibly rare commodity in the NBA and that seems to get forgotten from time to time. Having spent over $30 million on role players who may not even crack the starting lineup, the Milwaukee Bucks sent a very clear message this summer.
The Bucks were incredibly lucky to get Khris Middleton in a deal where he was a spare part to make the numbers work.
They were even luckier to not only find a gem like Giannis Antetokounmpo with a 15th overall pick, but to have had 14 other teams pass over him on draft night.
To land a player as talented as Jabari Parker off the back of one single terrible season comes from its own slice of good fortune too.
In short, teams trade for draft picks, pile up big offers in free agency, and work the phones in search of trades that can bring them the kind of potential that Milwaukee already has on its roster. Aside from the chance to build something very special, having such intriguing young pieces also relieves a front office of some of the headaches that usually accompany team-building.
There’s no guarantee that a core of Antetokounmpo, Middleton and Parker will ever be good enough to win a title, but Milwaukee has proven that they’re prepared to give those players the opportunity to decide their own destiny.
If Milwaukee’s moves didn’t seem flashy this summer, that’s because they didn’t have to be. The Bucks have decided to trust in their core young trio and that could yet prove to be their smartest decision of all.
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