With an 8-3 start to the season, the Bucks are proving last year's first-place Eastern Conference finish was no fluke. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks will be competing for a Finals win this season -- that much is not a question.
But how much better might they be if kept Malcolm Brogdon this offseason?
In Indiana, the 26-year-old guard is averaging 19 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 8.2 assists per game. And, as Giannis Antetokounmpo admitted on Thursday, he wishes he was still teammates with the former Rookie of the Year, writes Eric Nehm of The Athletic.
“Definitely wish he was still here,” Antetokounmpo said. “One of my friends, one of the guys that I always teased every day when I see him – call him ugly, we’re just going back and forth. I’m going to miss that, but at the end of the day, you got to do what’s best for you. I wish him the best, I wish his team the best and I’m excited to play against him.”
Eric Bledsoe has performed well enough for the Bucks this season, putting up 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game.
Still, with how well Brogdon is doing this year, he would have made quite an impact for the team, especially as they position for another long postseason run. We will have to see how they fare without him this campaign, and if it has an impact on Giannis' future with the franchise going forward.