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Brook Lopez says Bucks out to prove last season wasn’t a fluke

Brook Lopez, Bucks

Brook Lopez says the Milwaukee Bucks are out to prove that last season wasn’t a fluke year.

The Bucks had the best record in the NBA in 2018-19. They got all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they lost to the Toronto Raptors in six games.

Brook Lopez re-signed with the Bucks on a four-year deal worth $52 million. The 7-footer averaged 12.5 points and 4.9 rebounds for Milwaukee last season while shooting 45.2 percent from the field, 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 84.2 percent from the free-throw line.

Lopez made 187 3-pointers last season, turning himself into a lethal stretch big. Lopez’s ability to shoot the ball creates more driving lanes for Eric Bledsoe and Giannis Antetokounmpo since he brings his defender out of the paint.

As is the case every season, the Bucks will go as far as 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.

The roster in Milwaukee is very similar to what it was in 2018-19 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 Lopez, Khris Middleton and George Hill.