NBA GMs love Giannis, Bucks ahead of 2022-23 season Wisconsin News

The NBA general managers are very fond of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Milwaukee is an overwhelming pick to win the Eastern Conference, with 72% of GMs believing the Bucks will finish first.

The Bucks are also a favorite among NBA GMs to win the title, with 43% of them picking Milwaukee as the crowned champion. Golden State follows at 25%, followed by the Los Angeles Clippers (21%) and Boston (11%).

When it comes to Antetokounmpo, well, he’s obviously well intentioned.

If general managers could pick one player to start a franchise, it would be Giannis, who received 55% of the vote. Dallas’ Luka Doncic, who was the leader in this category last season with 43%, was the only other player to receive a vote with 45%.

However, Doncic was indicated to win the MVP against Antetokounmpo, 48% to 34%. No one else was really in the running, with Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid getting 14% of the vote and Golden State’s Steph Curry 3%.

Antetokounmpo was voted the best power forward in the NBA (86%) – and tied with Curry in one of the best positions (he received 3% at center) for the highest vote count with 18% – best defensive player (48%), most versatile defender (41%) and players (59%) and best national player (57%).

He was also second to Curry (52%-14%), in which the player forces opposing coaches to make the most adjustments, second among central defenders (Minnesota’s Rudy Gobert was first with 83%; Giannis had 10%), just seven percentage points behind Ja Morant of Memphis was for most athletic (31%), fourth for best leader (12%) and received votes for fastest with the ball.

Jrue Holiday also made the list, taking second place for best full-back with 31%. Boston’s Marcus Smart led with 41% of the vote. Nobody else had more than 10%.

No wonder the Bucks received the third most votes (tie) for best defensive team in the NBA (7%; Boston led with 69%). General managers are also bullish on Milwaukee’s offense. The Bucks ranked second (17%) among teams who will have the most efficient offense in 2022-23.

On the coaching side, Mike Budenholzer took third place (7%) running the best offense and also received votes for best coach. Assistant Charles Lee received 34% of the best assistant vote, sharing first with Golden State’s Kenny Atkinson.

There are many reasons to look forward to this season’s Bucks teams. Just ask the general managers of the NBA.

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