Milwaukee Bucks: 3 reasons for optimism after passing one-month mark

Jan 24, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA (Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports)
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A little over one month has officially passed in the NBA’s 2020-21 season, and the Milwaukee Bucks are off to a solid start early.

With a 10-6 record, the Bucks sit in second place in the jam-packed Eastern Conference standings, trailing only the Philadelphia 76ers by a game and a half. Despite a few early blemishes on their record, including a recent two-game skid against the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers, the Bucks look good as a collective unit.

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Aside from being just one of six teams with double-digit wins, there has been plenty to be optimistic about for Bucks fans looking forward to the rest of the season. While the true test will come for Milwaukee in the postseason, there are still 56 regular season games left until then.

Although that could certainly be on their mind, the Bucks will cross that bridge when they get there. In the meantime, here are three reasons for optimism from the Milwaukee Bucks following the first month of the season.

Milwaukee Bucks: 3 reasons for optimism – Their league-leading offense

Entering this season, the Bucks stood as the league’s best defensive team over the previous two seasons. Yet it’s surprisingly been their offense that risen as their strong suit this year.

They currently lead the league with an impressive 117.9 offensive rating and are working like a well-oiled machine on that end. Whether it be on the bench or in the starting lineup, the Bucks’ roster is comprised of players that know how to score the ball.

One major reason behind this high-level play on the offensive end has been the Bucks’ prolific 3-point shooting. Currently heaving 38.3 triples per game, the Bucks are connecting on 39.5 of those, the fourth-best mark in the association. Since head coach Mike Budenholzer took over two seasons ago, he has implemented a let it fly style of play offensively, and this has been that philosophy in its purest form.