Milwaukee Bucks: 3 offseason moves that have benefitted the Bucks

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Offseason moves that have benefitted the Milwaukee Bucks – Re-signing Giannis Antetokounmpo

Every move that the Bucks made this offseason was calculated to get Giannis Antetokounmpo to sign his supermax extension. After making a slew of moves in free agency and on the trade market, the Greek Freak inked his signature on a five-year extension worth $228 million.

Losing a two-time MVP and Defensive Player of the Year winner would have been devastating for the small-market Bucks. Obviously, Antetokounmpo’s extension lifted a massive weight off of the team’s shoulders, as his future with the franchise was uncertain before then.

Had Giannis entered the season without a new deal, speculation would have followed with each passing game, with the outside world evaluating each performance trying to decipher his future. Thankfully, that was not the case. Knowing that Antetokounmpo has committed to the Bucks long-term has instilled confidence in himself and the organization as they can now focus full-time on making a push for a title.

Giannis went through some struggles early in the season on the court, with the Bucks adapting new schemes offensively and defensively. However, he eventually started to find his footing, particularly as of late. In the bigger picture that is this season, he is averaging 27.3 points on a .562/.282/.610 slash line, 11.2 rebounds, and 5.9 assists throughout his 21 contests.

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Although those are still MVP caliber numbers, there is still room to improve for Giannis, and he will be the first to say that. As the season progresses, Antetokounmpo will continue getting more comfortable in this new system.