Recent ranking highlights severity of Bucks taking advantage of title window

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The Milwaukee Bucks are old. There's simply no other way to describe it.

For a team looking to capitalize on having a generational superstar and win as many championships as possible, building the team around experienced veterans is far from shocking. However, a recent ranking from HoopsHype highlighted just how much money the Bucks are spending on their veterans.

Per the ranking, the Bucks rank second in the league among teams with the most guaranteed money going to players 30 years or older with $278 million. The Los Angeles Lakers are the only team above them, and it is by the slimmest of margins at $280 million.

Obviously, that number doesn't even factor in Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is 29. The Bucks have spent big on Damian Lillard, Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez and even Pat Connaughton, who are all over the age of 30 and locked in financially. Their placement on this ranking paints a clear picture.

The aging Milwaukee Bucks have to win now

Nobody beats Father Time. The Bucks have gone all in to maximize Giannis Antetokounmpo's prime, and they have to win as much as possible before it's too late.

While he's 33, Damian Lillard is still one of the top guards in the game. Khris Middleton, 32, spent most of the season banged up, but he showed in the playoffs that he's still capable of performing when the lights are the brightest. Brook Lopez is a tremendous rim protector, even at 36. While he hasn't been the same since, Connaughton got his payday after an electric NBA Finals performance.

The Milwaukee Bucks have invested plenty of cash into these guys, but that's the price to pay to build a title contender. With Giannis Antetokounmpo constantly emphasizing his desire to contend yearly, the front office hasn't been afraid to spend. That's the proper mindset. Yet, with so much money tied into the veterans, Milwaukee is clearly lacking in other key areas.

It was already clear that the Bucks needed to add an infusion of youth to the roster, but this ranking highlights the need even further. The Bucks can certainly rely on their handsomely paid veterans, but they must surround them with youth to balance things out, bringing athleticism, hustle, a hunger that young players looking to make a name for themselves possess and, of course, cheap contracts.

Whether it's through the NBA Draft, free agency, trades or even relying on their in-house players, the Bucks need to tweak the supporting cast this off-season to make room for youth. Not only will that be useful in their current quest for a championship, but it will also help extend their window.

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