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Is Giannis Leaving the Bucks After This Season?

March 6, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) controls the ball against Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the first half at Staples Center
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Giannis Antetokounmpo is a top player in the NBA, if not the very best. He was the most valuable player last year, and it’s a near-lock that he goes back to back.

Antetokounmpo is doing never seen before things on the basketball court. He combines elite speed and strength with a ridiculous 7-foot frame, making him virtually unstoppable. Crazily enough, the 24-year-old has even generated talk of being the future G.O.A.T.

As impressive as Giannis’s basketball resume is, he lacks the hardware to solidify his status. The furthest he has gone in the playoffs is the conference finals last year, where the Bucks lost four straight to Toronto after taking a 2-0 lead.

Why Can’t Giannis and the Bucks Win?

Mar 8, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
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Every superstar player on a contending team has an elite second option. LeBron has Davis. Harden has Westbrook. Kawhi has George. And Antetokounmpo has…

Kris Middleton?

Don’t get me wrong, Middleton is no scrub. He is a prolific scorer and sniper from behind the arc. He just might not be enough to push Milwaukee over the top. Against the Raptors last season, Middleton performed horribly in the second half of the series. If the Bucks don’t win the title this year, its likely Giannis will take his talents to a team with a more elite second option. Too often, we see incredible players miss out on the respect they deserve because of a lack of rings. Antetokounmpo certainly doesn’t want to fall into that category.

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