Bucks center Brook Lopez believes Milwaukee’s continuity is ‘huge’
Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez believes the team’s continuity is “huge” moving forward.
Mike Budenholzer is entering his second season as head coach after guiding the Bucks to the best record in the NBA last season. The roster in Milwaukee is very similar to what it was last season besides the loss of combo guard Malcolm Brogdon.
The Bucks signed Kyle Korver, Robin Lopez, Wesley Matthews, Frank Mason III and Dragan Bender in free agency this summer, and re-signed Brook Lopez, Khris Middleton and George Hill.
“It’s huge. You obviously don’t have to learn everything on the fly and there’s that foundation that’s already there,” Lopez told Alex Kennedy of Hoops Hype. “[Continuity] helps with a lot of those intangibles – the relationships between the players, relationships between the coaches – and it helped build those all-time great teams.”
The Bucks lost to the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 Eastern Conference Finals in six games. Now that Kawhi Leonard is in the Western Conference, though, many believe the East is Milwaukee’s to lose next season.
As is the case every season, the Bucks will go as far as Giannis Antetokounmpo can take them. The reigning MVP averaged 27.7 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists last season while shooting 57.8 percent from the floor and 72.9 percent from the free-throw line.
Lopez’s shooting is very important as well. He stretches the floor for Milwaukee and creates driving lanes for Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe and Hill by bringing his defender out to the perimeter. Lopez made 187 3-pointers last season.