With Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks are poised to be good for a long time. He’s the star they’ve need for a long time.
But things could have been very different, and maybe even better, had they made a different decision in a 2012 trade deal with the Warriors.
In our reality, the Warriors traded fan favorite Monta Ellis to the Bucks for Andrew Bogut who was, at the time, a very bright and talented center. We know how the rest goes…
The reason the Bucks chose Ellis was because of Steph’s ankle injuries. They believed back then that Curry’s body would just not hold up. In 2012, it did make sense, as trading for a guy with what looked to be chronic ankle troubles would be taking on a huge risk. Looking back on it now, it obviously would’ve been a move well worth the risk.
“I don’t know if they can be light years ahead if they traded Stephen Curry to the Bucks for Andrew Bogut,” Lasry told Frank Isola of The Atheltic. “That was the deal. But the Bucks’ medical staff didn’t think Steph’s ankle would hold up. That killed the deal. So, I don’t know if that’s being light years. It’s luck. And that’s fine.”
Lasry then smiled and added, “I think we got rid of that medical staff when we bought the team.”
Yeah, that was a huge missed opportunity for the Bucks.
Steph Curry would have completely changed the dynamic of their franchise, much like how he changed the dynamic of the Warriors.
Nonetheless, it’s nothing anybody can change now. The best Milwaukee can hope for at this point is that they keep the star they do have for many more years to come.