Bucks Legend Highlights Team’s Crucial Difference Maker Other Than Giannis Antetokounmpo

Published 08/25/2021, 10:29 AM EDT
Mar 20, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) shoots against San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan (10) during the first quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


Jrue Holiday was a testament to the difference just one player can make to a team. During the 2019-20 postseason, the Milwaukee Bucks had to face a disappointing end to their championship dreams at the hands of the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals by 4-1. And just the next season, the Bucks swept the Heat and walked off holding the Larry O’Brien trophy over their heads. And of course, Giannis Antetokounmpo deserves a lot of the credit, but so does Jrue Holiday. Something Oscar Robertson also agrees upon.

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Jrue Holiday has made an unforgettable impact

Mar 11, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) pushes the ball up court against New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) during the fourth quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports

Call it bad luck, but the Milwaukee Bucks had the best records in the 2019 and 2020 NBA season and were still eventually kicked out off the postseasons. However, everything changed in 2021 when they acquired Jrue Holiday in the offseason from the New Orleans Pelicans.

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While Eric Bledsoe was put up below-average numbers against Miami, which led to their elimination, Jrue averaged 17.7 points, and 6.1 assists and helped the Bucks secure a 3-0 lead. In fact, his contribution up until the NBA Finals against the Phoenix Suns hasn’t gone unnoticed, not even by the Bucks’ legend Oscar Robertson.

Robertson was part of the roster that got Milwaukee their first title back in 1971. In fact, he even came to show support to his former team from the stands in Game 4 of the Finals. And the Bucks won the game, but Oscar, like the rest of us, couldn’t help but notice Jrue’s presence. On the recent Knuckleheads podcast, Oscar stated, “When they got Holiday, that made a difference for them.”

“You have to have good guards to win championships. I don’t care what they say. You don’t have to have the greatest scorers but you need good guards on your team,” he further explained.

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Can the Milwaukee Bucks do it again?

Jan 15, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) celebrates with guard Jrue Holiday (21) against the Dallas Mavericks at the Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

The Bucks haven’t been extremely active this offseason. It seems like they are quite satisfied with the team they have assembled so far. Whether not making any big moves will have consequences or not, only time will tell.

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What we do know for sure is that if players are healthier this time, the chances for the Bucks to bag a repeat will drastically reduce. And let’s not forget, there is another superteam in town like the Brooklyn Nets. If the Bucks had to shed blood and sweat to defeat the Nets, imagine the strings they would have to pull to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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