The Milwaukee Bucks want to move up the Eastern Conference standings. They have the chance to do so this season if they can accomplish these few tasks.
The Milwaukee Bucks are heading into 2018-19 in a wide-open Central division and a new head coach. LeBron James has left the Eastern Conference and the Toronto Raptors will presumably take a step back after losing Dwane Casey. They are poised to take the next step that has avoided them for nearly 20 years. The second round is a very real possibility for them this year with their current situation.
Milwaukee has failed to make it past the first round of the playoffs since they made the Eastern Conference Finals in 2000-01. Giannis Antetokounmpo is a strong MVP candidate with a strong supporting cast around him. Khris Middleton is steadily making a case to be one of the most underrated number two options in the NBA. While this team may not be on the level of the Philadelphia 76ers or Boston Celtics, they aren’t far off.
Mike Budenholzer will be implementing a brand new system that has been successful for many years. The former Gregg Popovich disciple encouraged a ball-sharing system that led the Atlanta Hawks to their franchise-best record in 2014-15. With Antetokounmpo running the show, he’ll work to implement a variation of his system in Milwaukee. If the team takes to it quickly, they will end up much higher than the seventh seed that they were last season.