Will Bucks Go Down as One of Best Ever?

It's a great time to be a basketball fan in Milwaukee.

The hometown Bucks are terrorizing opponents in the 2019-20 season, en route to one of the best first halves ever posted. Coach Mike Budenholzer's squad is 37-6 through the first 43 games. That's good for a .860 winning percentage and the league's best record.

Miami, currently second in the East, is looking increasingly distant in the rearview mirror as Milwaukee builds on their 60-22 finish a season ago.

Are we seeing the rise of the first superteam from the western shore of Lake Michigan since the Bulls of the 1990s? Just as M.J. provided the cornerstone of six title-winning seasons in Chicago, the Bucks have their linchpin.

Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Greek Freak is the best player in the NBA this year not named James Harden. Antetokounmpo leads the league in field goals and is averaging 30.1 points per game, second to Harden's 37.2 per contest. He is also tops in defensive rating and defensive win shares.

Antetokounmpo's ability to deliver on both sides of the ball won him the 2018-19 MVP award. It will be no surprise if he repeats again in 2020.

A Strong Supporting Cast

While the Bucks orbit around Antetokounmpo, they are very much a system team. Without an evident second star, there's a team-wide willingness to battle every minute for every advantage.

Veterans Eric Bledsoe, George Hill, Brook Lopez, and Khris Middleton have served long enough in the league to understand, and more importantly, succeed in their roles. Second-year stud Donte DiVencenzo is comfortable orchestrating the offensive in the minutes Antetokounmpo sits out.

Championship Bound?

Some fans will argue that Milwaukee's magic year is incomplete without a championship win regardless of how the regular season shapes up. Meanwhile, they get the benefit of the doubt from oddsmakers giving the Bucks top projections to win the 2019-20 NBA title. It's hard to believe the Bucks will sputter come the playoffs given their incredible regular season performance so far.

Win, Winning, Won

The result is a team that not only wins, but wins big. The Bucks are on track to overtake the 2015-16 Spurs for the all-time average margin of victory record.

And although it's an incredible longshot, completing the season on 37-2 run would give them the most winning regular season the NBA has ever seen. Golden State holds the highwater mark with a 73-9 record in 2016. The 1996 Bulls are the only other squad to complete a season with a winning percentage above .860. Milwaukee is destined to land among the top-five best season records just by delivering more of the same.

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