The 2019-2020 NBA season has several storylines to captivate NBA fans. The Los Angeles Lakers have staked themselves to an outstanding 34-8 record thanks to the efforts of forwards LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Philadelphia 76ers’ center Joel Embiid and point guard Ben Simmons have Sixers’ fans clamoring for the team’s first NBA title since 1983. The Boston Celtics added three time NBA All Star point guard Kemba Walker to team up with forward Jayson Tatum and guard Jaylen Brown in their quest for the NBA title.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Clippers hope forwards Kawhi Leonard and Paul George can lead the franchise to its first NBA title in team history. The Houston Rockets will rely on the dynamic backcourt tandem of James Harden and newly acquired Russell Westbrook to support their championship aspirations.
Make no mistake: the Lakers, Celtics, 76ers, Clippers, and Rockets are extremely talented teams with enough firepower to win the NBA title. But the team with the best opportunity to win the NBA title is the Milwaukee Bucks, who owns the NBA’s best record at 38-6.
It’s easy to understand why Milwaukee can be easily overlooked in comparison to the aforementioned teams. The Bucks play in a small market with an NBA history that isn’t steeped in perennial championship success. They have the reigning NBA’s Most Valuable Player in forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, supported by a roster containing a bunch of journeymen and castoffs. Frigid Milwaukee isn’t exactly a prime free agency destination for top free agents.
The franchise won an NBA best 60 games during the 2018-2019 NBA campaign before losing in six games to the eventual NBA champion Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals. That left the Bucks’ season incomplete and unfulfilled. But the Bucks have somehow persevered this season, outscoring teams by an average of almost 13 points per game. If this trend continues by season’s end, Milwaukee will set an NBA record.
None of this will mean anything if the Bucks fail to win the NBA title this year. Time is running out as Antetokounmpo will become a free agent at season’s end and will command a king’s ransom on the free agency market. In the meantime, Milwaukee will continue to employ a workmanlike plan on their quest for the NBA title.