The pick of Alcinder and the trade for Oscar directly led to one championship and nearly a 2nd.
Have heard about many many BIG off seasons over the years and nearly all of them since the Herb Kohl ownership began didn't develop much long term. The biggest problem with the Bucks is OWNERSHIP sticking their noses into the basketball side. Kohl did it over and over and his teams never really developed. We are seeing similar things with this ownership group. They need to bring a 'basketball guy' in and let him run it. Ownership needs to get and keep it's noses out of day to day stuff. Getting a competent head coach isn't as important as getting a GM that they will give the power to and let him run the whole deal. I still remember the 'big 3' and that group only performed real well for one season.
Teams that have ownership sticking their noses in almost always have team that underperform - ie - Dallas Cowboys.
I see the same garbage with the Brewer owner always beaking off and in about baseball things.
Only thing similar about Giannis and Alcinder/Jabber is both are among the top players while playing. I don't see much chance for a Giannis led team to be 'pushing' for championships/playoff series, other than being one of 16 out of 30 teams who make the playoffs. Just making the playoffs is just not a big accomplishment when so many teams that have NO chance make the playoffs. I will change my mind only when ownership stays out of basketball stuff. That started with Herb Kohl and has continued - team will just never develop when the GM has to do what the ownership THINKS will work.
There have been a lot of BIG off seasons with the Bucks since they began competing in 1969. I just don't see this off season being anything that is going to be revolutionary and put the Bucks up with the top 4-5 teams and a REAL competitor for a championship.
Bucks have had many GREAT individual players over the years
but the TEAM has only developed when the GM is allowed to run the team. It ended after Kohl decided to let Nelson go after the 1986-87 season. From 1976 thru the 1986-87 the Bucks were competitive with every team for the most and incredibly fun to follow. 2 of Nelson's first 3 years they missed the playoffs, then the team had a nice 8 year run with Nelson as coach and GM.
I have followed the Bucks from the early 70s. I can remember bits and pieces from the 70-71 championship season. The Bucks have had only two great players in the entire history, Lew Alcindor and now Giannis. That is it in their 50 year history. By great I am talking about one of of the truly great players in NBA history. They have had great players play for them but only when they were past their prime like Oscar Robertson, Dave Cowens, or Bob Lanier. They have had a lot of really good players in their history, players who fall just short in joining the all time greats of the game like Bobby Dandridge, Ray Allen, or Marques Johnson(my all time favorite). Giannis and Kareem are the only two great players they have ever had in their entire history. Since they got beat by the Celtics in 73-74, when have they been considered a legitimate title contender? The Celtics and 76ers were always better in the early 80s and other than the magical season of 2000-01(last time they won 50 games in a season) the Bucks have just been mediocre. The formula for winning in the NBA hasn't changed, you need stars to win. The only exception to that rule was the Pistons team coached by Larry Brown. The Bucks have that superstar right now in Giannis and they need to somehow figure a way out to surround him with two more really good players to be able to get to that championship level. I think Khris Middleton is one of those guys, now they need to find another one. Finding that next really good player is a lot easier said than done. It isn't going to happen with what they have right now and will probably entail some bold type of move to get them to title contender status.
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