5 Advantages Bucks have over every other East team

The Bucks are better in these areas than every team in the Eastern Conference.

Milwaukee Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo
Milwaukee Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo / Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports
2 of 5

4. Transition

Giannis Antetokounmpo is unstoppable in transition. The 6’11 big man leads the league with 7.7 points per game and is shooting 70.1 percent from the field on those plays. No player in the world can slow him down when he has a head of steam going to the basket. Fans are used to seeing the Greek Freak dominate in the open floor, but the addition of Damian Lillard adds a new dimension.

The eight-time All-Star can shoot from anywhere on the court, and the defense cannot afford to lose track of him. His ability to stretch the opposition has created even more easy buckets for Giannis and Khris Middleton.

The Bucks are scoring 1.21 points per possession in transition this season, which is the second-best mark in the NBA behind only the Phoenix Suns. Milwaukee is middle of the pack in frequency, despite its success. They should attempt to create a few more turnovers and try to push the pace a bit.

The Milwaukee Bucks often relied on their elite defense under head coach Mike Budenholzer. Things slipped on that end of the floor after trading Jrue Holiday for Damian Lillard. The Bucks still believe they can be an elite defense, but they can rely more heavily on dominating in other areas.