The Milwaukee Bucks have won their first NBA Championship in 50 years. But that has not stopped Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, labeling the franchise ‘a dynasty’. A team has usually been labeled a dynasty after two or three championships. But Durant says the continued growth of this team and the yearly additions put Milwaukee in the dynasty conversation.
“I know it’s the first chip and a lot of people call you a dynasty after a few (titles), but the continuity of that team is something that’s impressive and how they continue to build and add and now they’re champions, and you can appreciate that. That experience doesn’t happen for just anybody, so you respect that journey.”Kevin Durant
Durant was speaking after the American Olympic team’s first practice in Tokyo. Kris Middleton & Jrue Holiday, two of the Bucks stars, will join up with the team in the coming days.
What is Kevin Durant talking about?
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kris Middleton have been together in Milwaukee since the former was drafted back in 2013. During their first season together, 2013/14. The team won just 15 games in the 2021 playoffs alone. Giannis and Middleton led the team to 16 wins.
That is just one example of the continued building that Durant was referring to. The core of the team is sticking together and building something great. The signing of Jrue Holiday this past off-season is an example of an addition that ultimately provided the final piece in the championship puzzle.
In the 2019 season, Giannis Antetokounmpo was named league MVP & Kris Middleton became an all-star for the first time. But the Raptors eliminated the Bucks in the conference finals. In 2020, Giannis was named both league MVP & Defensive Player of the Year while Middleton was an all-star. Milwaukee lost in the conference semi-finals. Enter Jrue Holiday.
The Milwaukee Bucks traded Eric Bledsoe, George Hill, three first-round picks, and two additional Draft pick swaps to bring Jrue Holiday to Milwaukee. Many viewed this as a desperate move for a player who has never played beyond the conference semi-finals. In reality, it was a stroke of genius from the Bucks.
A key contributor throughout the playoff run in 2021, his steal in Game 5 of the finals will go down in Bucks folklore. While he also effectively shut down the Suns’ primary scoring threat Devin Booker in the finals. Maybe it’s too soon to label the Bucks a dynasty, but one thing is for sure. This is just the beginning of the story for Giannis, Middleton & Holiday in Milwaukee.