Before we begin I just want to say this article contains SPOILERS FOR AVENGERS: ENDGAME! If you haven’t seen the movie yet, I suggest you go see it, then come back and read this article. If you are still reading and you haven’t seen the movie, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
With Avengers: Endgame being released last Thursday night and setting records, it is only logical to compare this record breaking movie with our record breaking, Milwaukee Bucks.
So here it is, the Milwaukee Bucks and their Avenger counterparts.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is… Iron Man
There is nothing Giannis wouldn’t do for the Bucks. He has made it clear that all he wants is to bring a championship to the city of Milwaukee. He even turned down a role in ‘Space Jam 2’ so he could have more time to train in the summer. Antetokounmpo does it all and would lay it all on the line for the Bucks. Tony Stark, Iron Man, is perhaps the most well-known Avenger, Giannis is the most well-known Buck. Like Giannis, Iron Man would do anything for his team. At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Stark makes the ultimate sacrifice to save Earth from the Mad Titan, Thanos. This proved Stark is the ultimate team player much like Giannis.
P.S. Giannis is physically built like Iron Man, I seriously think Antetokounmpo could lift a car with as much ease as Stark in his suit.
Khris Middleton is… Hawkeye
Hawkeye is the most accurate and deadly sharpshooter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Also, he is one of the most underrated members of the Original Six Avengers. Khris Middleton is often regarded as one of the most underrated players in the NBA. He has also proven himself to be a sharpshooter with the Bucks. He is 3rd all-time in 3-pointers made for the organization (behind Ray Allen and Michael Redd) all while shooting 39%.
Brook Lopez is… Thor
Splash Mountain, I guess we can call him Brook Lopez too, has found LIGHTNING in a bottle with the Milwaukee Bucks. This season, Lopez attempted 512 3-pointers which is the most by a 7-footer in league history. What’s more impressive is that he knocked them down at a rate of 37%. Thor’s look changed in Avengers: Endgame much like how Brook’s play style changed from Brooklyn to Milwaukee and from what I’ve seen, it’s be a pleasant change.
Eric Bledsoe is… Hulk
This one is easy, Eric Bledsoe looks like a 6-foot Hulk and has a bit of a temper with 8 technicals and 2 ejections this season. However, like the Hulk, the aggressiveness of his play can help in situations when his team needs a boost. Bledsoe provides the strength, speed, quickness, and brain (think Professor Hulk in Endgame) that the Bucks love to have at point guard.
Malcolm Brogdon is… Captain America
Is there anything Brogdon can’t do? This season he joined only 7 others players in the 50/40/90 club. As well as offense, he put up solid defensive numbers with a DRTG of 108. Brogdon is humble, determined, and efficient like his Avenger counterpart, Captain America. If any Buck player would be able to lift Mjolinir like Cap did against Thanos, it would be the righteous man, Malcolm Brogdon.
Mike Budenholzer is… Nick Fury
Back in 2012, in the very first Avengers movie, there was one man that brought the superheroes together. Nick Fury was that man. In 2018-19, there was one man that brought the Bucks superstars together. Mike Budenholzer was that man. Nick Fury does not step into the battlefield, like how Coach Bud doesn’t step on the court but both men are there for off court leadership and strategic game planning.
Pau Gasol is… Groot
In 2014, Marvel came out with the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ who later joined the Avengers. During the movie, team member, Groot , executed a plan when he brought the Guardians together. Literally, he enclosed them in a ball made up of his own body and brought the team together. Pau Gasol was brought into Milwaukee on March 1st simply for the fact that he has great playoff experience. Gasol’s role is to bring the guys together and give them the advice they need to succeed in the playoffs.
Sterling Brown is… Falcon
Falcon is the Avenger who is just kind of…there. However, this role may improve since Captain America gave him his shield at the end of Endgame. At this point in time, Sterling Brown is a fine player on both ends of the court but easily forgotten about. Hopefully, as Brown gets older and improves his game, he becomes a pivotal piece in Milwaukee’s future.
Donte DiVincenzo is… Spider-Man
Donte DiVincenzo was Milwaukee’s 2018 draft pick and currently the team’s young Buck. He had a rookie season decimated by injury but everytime he stepped on the floor, he tried to prove something. Spider-Man is the youngest Avenger and the most nieve. He cannot quite get it done on his own, always needing the help of his mentor, Tony Stark. By starting at a young age, Spider-Man has the chance to become one of the greatest Avengers the world has ever seen. DiVincenzo started his NBA career at a young age and has all the tools be one of the greatest shooters in the NBA.
Pat Connaughton is… Black Widow
Black Widow was the Avengers’ super secret agent (I’m not going to lie I teared up when she sacrificed herself in Endgame) and she is a piece of the team that everybody loves. Connaughton is a sneaky player in the sense that he doesn’t seem to be doing much until you look at the box score at the end of the game. Planet Pat will secretly and quietly rack up 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists without drawing too much attention to himself.
George Hill is… Doctor Strange
This is Hill’s 11th season in the league and for him to still be playing, there has to be some sort of magic going on. Strange is the sorcerer supreme and the Avenger with some of the most mileage and knowledge under his belt. George Hill being 32 (almost 33) and averaging 28.2 minutes per game during his career means this guard has some mileage. This mileage turns into knowledge and Bucks fans will never know when the team will need Hill to step up. Doctor Strange stepped up with his knowledge in Endgame when he reminded Iron Man there was only one way to defeat Thanos. Maybe Hill will come up with a remarkable play during the rest of the 2019 playoffs.
D.J. Wilson is… Star-Lord
Star Lord is the goofiest Avenger and he compares greatly to D.J. Wilson. The combination of short shorts, big hair, intricate braids, tattoos, D.J. Wilson is the goofiest player on the Bucks’ roster. (But don’t get me wrong, I dig Wilson’s look).
Nikola Mirotic is… Winter Soldier
Ever since the Milwaukee Bucks traded for Nikola Mirotic back at the deadline his time in Cream City has been plagued by injury. During the regular season he only played in 14 games for the Bucks due to a fractured thumb and calf injury. Bucky Barnes, also known as The Winter Soldier, has had a rough spell during the Marvel movies since 2014. He was out with a brain washing injury and a missing left arm. I’ll be the first one to say these injuries are worse than Mirotic’s but they all caused these two to miss time.
Michael Redd is… The Ancient One
I know, I know, Redd isn’t currently on the Bucks roster, I just love him and think anytime you can include Michael Redd in something, you do it. However, I wouldn’t put it past him to knock down a few threes if you put him in a game today. This current generation (my generation) of Bucks’ fans grew up watching and idolizing Michael Redd. He cemented his legacy into Bucks lore with his play from 2000 through 2011. To Bucks fans, Michael Redd is The Ancient One. A mythical being with all the skills necessary to be a legend.
I love the Avengers and I love the Bucks. If you haven’t done so go see Avengers: Endgame and let know what you think of the movie @DietrichRyan on Twitter. I will be seeing it at least 3 more times in theaters, it’s that good!