In this series of articles, we look at an NBA team and give you, the African basketball fan, a few reasons to support them in the upcoming NBA season. So, Africa pick your team.
Team to pick: Milwaukee Bucks
Nickname: The Bucks
Uniform colors: Good Land green, Cream City cream, Great Lakes blue, black, white
Arena/Stadium: BMO Bradley Center
Competing in: Eastern Conference
City, State: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Team history: One NBA title (1971), Two Conference titles (1971, 1974) and 13 Division titles (1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 2001)
Players to watch: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Jabari Parker, Malcolm Brogdon, Tony Snell, Thon Maker, Gary Payton II, Greg Monroe
Last season performance: Regular season – The Milwaukee Bucks were 42-40, finished sixth in the Eastern Conference and only made it as far as the first round of the playoffs, losing 2-4 in their series against the Toronto Raptors.
Why pick them? The Milwaukee Bucks have a good history, an NBA Championship trophy in their cabinet, as well as two Conference titles. The team has featured a number of legendary players on its roster and at the moment boast some bright young stars who include the future superstar, Nigerian-Greek forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. With its other young talent like Khris Middleton and Jabari Parker healthy this season, they look poised for another postseason berth and could even make it as far as the second round of the playoffs.
African players on roster: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Nigeria), Thon Maker (South Sudan).
Premier League team they resemble the most: Newcastle United—The Bucks are a reasonably successful team that has won one League title (1971), Two conference titles (1971 and 1974), and 13 Division titles (1971–74, 1976, 1980–86, 2001). Even though they have not had much title success, they have however featured such notable players as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sidney Moncrief, Oscar Robertson, Bob Dandridge, Bob Lanier, Glenn ‘Big Dog’ Robinson, Ray Allen, Sam Cassell, Junior Bridgeman, Michael Redd, Terry Cummings, Vin Baker, Jon McGlocklin, Marques Johnson, and Brian Winters.
By Kaunda Chama
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