I’m 21 years old, from Los Angeles, California, and I consider myself a diehard Bucks fan.
Let’s be honest, we have been suffering for the last decade. From the departures of Ray Allen, and Glenn Robinson, the Bucks have found happiness and joy impossible to come bye. When the Milwaukee Bucks selected point guard Brandon Jennings in 2009, there was hope among us Bucks fans, but that quickly deflated. The Bucks were playing their best basketball in 2009-2010, when of course, just before the playoffs Andrew Bogut goes down with a career altering elbow injury. It was the straw that broke the camel’s back, I was drained.
The Bucks did take the Hawks to 7 games in the first round, but they came up empty.
The Bucks tried to make a franchise altering move, by sending Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson to Golden State for Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh in 2012. Pairing Brandon Jennings with Monta Ellis -two egotistical players- was the kiss of death. Not to mention with Scott Skiles at the helm. The duo of Jennings and Ellis did make for some “fun” games, but they failed to provide the Bucks with consistency or hope.
When the Bucks selected Giannis Antetokounmpo in 2013 with the 15th pick, I was surprised. I remember listening to fans react on 105-7FM The Fan with Steve “Sparky” Fifer. There was definitely some angry fans, calling Giannis a sure fire bust and an awful pick. I did not know much about Giannis at the time they drafted him, but it was clear that he was not your average NBA player with the combination of his length and skill set.
Watching the Bucks 2013-2014 season, was for better words, a disaster. The team finished 15-67, but there was finally a glimmer of hope. Giannis throughout the season -as an 18 year old- showed flashes of greatness. He did hit some bumps on the road, and there were times where then coach Larry Drew would not play him.
At only 18 years old, the energy and competitiveness he played with was super impressive to watch as a fan. Watching the growth of the Greek Freak from his rookie season to now, has been nothing short of historic.
He’s putting Milwaukee back on the map, and it will be that way for many years to come.
He is leading the Bucks in all five major categories (points, rebounds, assists, blocks and steals), only a 4 players in NBA history have accomplished that feat, LeBron James, Scottie Pippen, Kevin Garnett and Dave Cowens.
The tough losses throughout the years seems to be paying off, and though there are growing pains, it is clear that the Bucks will own the future.
Giannis has turned your casual Bucks fan, into an avid follower and the city embraces him as their star.
The Bucks have never possessed a player with his unique set of skills, he could go down as one of the Bucks best players ever. Did I mention that he’s only 22?
Giannis means so much to us Bucks fans because he is serious about the city of Milwaukee, and wants to stay here and finish his career as a Buck.
At only 22, it’s difficult to put into words the impact he’s made on Bucks basketball and the city of Milwaukee. Giannis is here, and he is here to stay.
Bucks fans, the long days of mediocrity and suffering seem to be coming to an end.