On Fire 🔥
Myself and Giannis are just still trying to figure out how we can be in more actions together. – Dame
Everybody thought that Damian Lillard was going to end up with the Miami Heat in the offseason but the Milwaukee Bucks pulled off a surprise and traded for the star guard in one of the biggest NBA news stories of the year. This paired Lillard with two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and so far, the duo is looking sweet.
Giannis is leading the team with 30.2 points per Bucks game while Lillard is averaging 25.6. When Lillard was first acquired, there was some concern about whether or not Milwaukee actually got better. They had to give up Jrue Holiday, who turned into a leader for the team and was one of their best defensive players.
While Lillard is one of the NBA’s great scorers, he’s not much of a factor on defense due to his size. However, early signs are strong. The Bucks have the second-best record in the Eastern Conference at 15-6 and are about to play in the semifinals of the NBA In-Season Tournament.
Dame finds a soaring Giannis! 💥 pic.twitter.com/YGS6rEBSBQ
— NBA TV (@NBATV) December 3, 2023
The Bucks are already playing really well but they arguably haven’t reached their full potential. Once Lillard and Giannis get more in sync on pick-and-rolls, they could be an unstoppable offensive duo.
Dame x Giannis pick and roll. 🔥
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) October 26, 2023
Lillard doesn’t think that the Bucks have reached their full potential yet.
“Myself and Giannis are just still trying to figure out how we can be in more actions together and take advantage of some of these defenses together,” Lillard said recently. “This is our 21st game, so it’s just going to take time. You know, you don’t really know when it is going to click. It just, it just happens… And I think when that day comes, everybody will be able to look at it and say ‘They’re starting to put it together how we expected.’”
The Bucks play the Indiana Pacers on the national stage today and could benefit from dominating the In-Season tournament. The Pacers just knocked out the Boston Celtics but it’s hard to imagine they’ll have back-to-back huge upsets.
Giannis scored 54 points vs. the Pacers on November 9th.
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) December 7, 2023
The Bucks have disappointed in the playoffs the last two seasons but now they have another player who can take on much of the offensive workload. Lillard has been awesome in the playoffs in the past which likely played a role in why they traded for him.
Milwaukee has big-time potential if everybody can stay healthy and it’ll be interesting to see the Lillard-Giannis duo continue to develop.