Reasons the Milwaukee Bucks roster is good as is: No. 3 – They have a proven culture and identity.
Say what you want about their postseason blunders year after year, but the Milwaukee Bucks’ sustained regular-season success does and should count for something when you evaluate this team.
The Bucks are a team-first team with an established culture of accountability. Through the years, they’ve given us clear evidence that each player is not afraid to sacrifice individual stats for the good of the team. From the coaching staff to the locker room, the winning expectations for the organization mean that all its members are held to high standards and are expected to perform at a high level.
And at the end of the day, there’s a lot of credit to be given to their past head coach in Mike Budenholzer. He’s turned the franchise culture around in his stay here, and the difference between the Budenholzer-led Bucks and the team under the Jason Kidd regime is night and day.
The roster we see before us today is one that knows that defense wins championships and is one that is never lacking in effort on the court. They’ve learned how to be dogs, as P.J. Tucker put it, and will continue to be dogs long after the departures of Tucker and Budenholzer. And that’s culture.
For all his well-documented foibles in the playoffs (for they were many), Budenholzer is a proven winner, and he has a great track record of reviving players by getting them to buy into well-defined roles in which to thrive. He has also proven his skill in getting the most out of his team, which is why guys like Pat Connaughton have been able to produce so well deep into the playoffs.
As it currently stands, there’s just no reason to think this locker room culture of grit and accountability is going away any time soon. On the contrary, Bucks fans should be excited about how a guy like Adrian Griffin is going to build on it with his new schemes and ideas.