Milwaukee Bucks’ Legend Explained What Helped Giannis Antetokounmpo and Co. Grab the 2021 NBA Title

Published 07/27/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
Jul 20, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) celebrates with the NBA Finals MVP Trophy following the game against the Phoenix Suns following game six of the 2021 NBA Finals at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

A name that once upon a time had the world struggling to pronounce has now led a franchise to their first NBA championship in 50 years. Giannis Antetokounmpo was the skinny teenager that wasn’t as popular as some other great’s before entering the league. However, his growth has made him more dominant than most on the court today. And it’s only fitting that he is called the ‘Greek Freak’. But former Milwaukee Bucks players were able to break down what helped the Bucks bag this historic victory.

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Milwaukee Bucks’ physicality was the trump card

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The Milwaukee Bucks did the unthinkable and were the ultimate underdogs that came through to the NBA Finals. In a season filled with teams struggling to keep their players healthy, they defeated some elite teams to finally demolish the Phoenix Suns.

On the court, they brought about their A-game, always. But if one hand to pin-point their best quality, it was their physicality. Atleast that’s what former Bucks’ Bob Dandridge also believes.

On basketball News, some former Bucks players joined Etan Thomas to discuss their latest achievement. However, Bob focused on Milwaukee’s best quality this season. He stated, “I think in the playoffs, whether it’s the 70s, 80s or 90s, the game always gets physical in the playoffs. If we look back, it’s been the physical teams that have won in the playoffs.”

“So, I think Milwaukee with this physicality, that’s where they began to take over. It started in the games when Giannis missed games against Atlanta. It gave Lopez an opportunity to work down low and then going down the stretch in the last two games when they moved Giannis to the three-position to the four or five position. He just began to dominate.  So, no matter who the champion is, we’ll always look back and see the team that’s the most physical going into the playoffs and winning. And that’s what I think pulled Milwaukee through.”

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Can they run it back next season?

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As Bob Dandridge said, the team that becomes more physical has a higher chance of surviving in the playoffs. So, with the Bucks trio remains intact and they build an even better roster around them in the offseason, they might be able to create a legacy of their own.

But let’s not forget how competitive the East was and it is only uphill from here. Some even believe that Milwaukee just got lucky and they used the other teams’ misfortune as a stepping stone for their success. But it isn’t their fault players suffered injuries this season, is it?

Jul 20, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) and Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) celebrate after winning game six of the 2021 NBA Finals and the championship against the Phoenix Suns at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Bucks deserved the Larry O’Brien trophy that they lifted and credit should be given where it’s due. Only time will tell how far Giannis and Co. can take the franchise from here.

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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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