A slam of a performance by Giannis Antetokounmpo helped the Milwaukee Bucks secure their first NBA title in 50 years. A 50 point monster performance, as well as 14 rebounds by the 2 time NBA MVP was the key to a championship for the Eastern Conference team.
Antetokounmpo and his brother grew up in the streets of Athens, with a dream to not only play in the NBA, but win the NBA and both those dreams have officially become reality. For Giannis, he signed the biggest max contract in the NBA and showed his worth in a 4-2 series win against the Phoenix Suns. The Greek Freak also secured the Finals MVP.
For the Bucks, the gamble on one player paid dividends, instead of Giannis Antetokounmpo going elsewhere he stayed put in a small market team, and was built a solid team around him. Jrue Holiday, Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez all showed that they can be all-star caliber players. In fact, Holiday was in the Defensive First Team this season and Middleton is a 2 time all-star.
This was the Bucks’ 5th straight playoff run.
For the Phoenix Suns, it took the edition of a 36 year old Chris Paul, a NBA Finals nomad in Jae Crowder and young all-star Devin Booker to take the franchise to an NBA Finals after many years of being absent in the playoffs. However, after choking in Game 5 and then losing this close encounter to the Bucks it was not meant to be for the side from Phoenix. They finished 2nd in the West.
It was not meant to be for Phoenix, the sun will rise in Milwaukee as they stare upon their 2nd championship, while the Suns still chase that much desired NBA title.
This is back to back titles for Antetokounmpo titles, as Kostas won with the Lakers last year, and Giannis and Thanasis win with the Bucks this year.
The bench mob of the Bucks also helped with players such as Forbes, Connaughton and Portis all making an impact off the bench as role players.
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