“THE MILWAUKEE BUCKS DESERVE MULTIPLE ALL-STARS” something I shout out my bedroom window as my neighbors tell me to shut up.
Let’s first rewind back to 2015, and an Atlanta Hawks team lead by their fearless leader Mike Budenholzer has taken the NBA by storm. By this same time in 2015 the Atlanta Hawks had won 19 games in a row and had the number 1 spot in the Eastern Conference with a record of 40-8. Fast forward to 2019 where history has seemly repeated itself again with a Mike Budenholzer lead Bucks team being tied for the number 1 spot in the Eastern Conference at 35 wins and 13 losses.
That Atlanta Hawks team had 4 All Stars that made the trip to New York for the all-star game with Al Horford, Kyle Korver, Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague all getting spots on the roster. I would agree that most if not all were deserving of a spot with how seemingly out of nowhere, they came and how good that team was going into the All-Star break. The Milwaukee Bucks are in a similar situation, and it would be highway robbery for the Bucks to not have at least 3 players that they can call all-stars.
The first of the 3 is an obvious given, with it being announced on Thursday who the starting line-ups for the Eastern and Western conferences would be. With Giannis Antetokounmpo being the leading vote getter and captain of the Eastern Conference team.
This raises the question of how many of the remaining Bucks players are All Star worthy? To start off the list, the Bucks second banana Khris Middleton is worthy. Yes, he went through his cold streak, but he is out of that is still the Bucks definite number two option on the team. With 17.3 points a game, 5.8 rebounds and 4.3 rebounds a game. Beating every single All Star from the 2015 Hawks in points per game. Khris has had all-star worthy seasons in the past but has been the odd man out because of the Bucks records in the past. Khris is the second-best player on the best team in the East and that is enough to be said to stamp his way into the All-Star game.
The next player is Eric Bledsoe the Bucks PG, and when comparing his current stats to the stats of the 2015 Hawks it goes as follows. Bledsoe: 15.8 points per game, 4.4 rebounds a game, 5.5. assists and 1.4 steals a game. Looking at Jeff Teague’s all-Star season: 15.9 points per game, 2.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.7 steals a game. These are very similar stats with Teague just barely edging out Bledsoe in everything but rebounds. If you have been watching the Bucks games you will know just how good Bledsoe has been, showing up in big spots and shooting an absurd 49% from the field.
I know I said three, but hey this is a Bucks fan site, and leaving this last man out of the mix with the season he is having would be criminal, and that person is…(you probably guessed it) The President himself, Malcolm Brogdon. All I have to say is 50,40,90. For the people who do no know what the 50,40,90 club is; it is the gold standard for shooting where a player shoots above 50% from the field, above 40% from 3 and above 90% from the 3-point line. Who else is on pace in the NBA for the 50,40,90 club? No one, with only Malcolm Brogdon being above all 3 of the statistical land marks. (Steph Curry is very close with only his field goal % being just under 50%). Plus, he is averaging 15.7 a game, compared to 2015 All Star Kyle Korver who did not get in the 50,40,90 club with the only stat being above that for the season in 2015 was his 3 point % (which was absurd 49% for the year) and his points per game being 12.1
The Atlanta Hawks were a well-oiled basketball machine, and because of that worthy of their 4 All Stars, the 2019 Bucks are in a very similar situation with similar talents, with the exception of this Bucks team having a bona fide superstar in Giannis. We can already see the nation media has not given the Bucks the props they deserve, and it would be a real shame to see any of these guys not make it on the list because they have played major roles in getting this team to where it is now.
(Shout out to Brooke “Splash Mountain” Lopez, who just missed the cut but is one of the most important parts of the Bucks offensive and defensively)
(All stats via basketball-reference.com)