5 Milwaukee Bucks with the most to prove in the 2023-24 season: Giannis Antetokounmpo
When Giannis Antetokounmpo, in an interview on the 48 Minutes podcast, expressed openness at the idea of leaving the Milwaukee Bucks for any other franchise that gave him a better chance of winning, the Bucks front office took it as a message to put the best possible roster around the All-World talents of the Greek Freak. And they got to work.
Today, the moves have been made. The Bucks have added another superstar in Damian Lillard to their roster. Lillard is a hall-of-fame-caliber guard who will take some of the pressure off of Antetokounmpo, but it will also mean that Antetokounmpo will be expected to share the ball more. Antetokounmpo will need to adjust to his new role and prove that he can still be the dominant player that he is.
This is all just to say that it’s Antetokounmpo’s turn to make good on the circumstances around him. Lillard is the best teammate he’s ever had in his career, and the time to go out and win a championship is now.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is a two-time MVP and former NBA Finals MVP. This means that expectations for him are extremely high and will always continue to be so. He’s paid like a superstar, and for the rest of his career, he will need to continue to play at a high level in order to meet those unmeetable expectations.
The Greek Freak is known for his incredible work ethic and desire to continually improve his game. Like many elite athletes, he would have wanted to prove that he could elevate his skills and performance to new heights each season. This could include improving his shooting, decision-making, or other aspects of his game. His training sessions with NBA legend Hakeem Olajuwon this past summer were well-documented, and many will be waiting to see if those paid off.
For a player of Giannis’s caliber, there is a constant desire to solidify their legacy and leadership within the league. Proving that he can lead his team to success year after year would be a significant motivation.
Though the Milwaukee Bucks organization as a whole will have to put in the work to achieve the ultimate goal of bringing another title to Wisconsin, it’s these members of the team who carry the weight of expectation more than others.
Stay tuned for more analysis on the Milwaukee Bucks as the regular season chugs on.