Almost every NBA Champion in the modern era has needed multiple superstars to win the title. If the Milwaukee Bucks want to seriously contend they will need to find a path to obtaining another to play along Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The last NBA team to win a championship without a claim of having multiple superstars was the 2004 Detroit Pistons. Before that, it was probably the 1995 Houston Rockets, who even then still had an older star in Clyde Drexler. That is just two of the past 22 teams, which proves that in the modern NBA, it’s not just beneficial, but nearly required, to have a multiple superstars to be a real title contender.
Unfortunately for the Milwaukee Bucks, they currently only have one, Giannis Antetokounmpo. There is a chance that other players on the Bucks’ roster develop into a star to pair alongside Giannis. However, at this point, that remains uncertain.
Jabari Parker, Malcom Brogdon, Khris Middleton, and Thon Maker all have the potential to develop into very nice pieces. Career trajectories are far more uncertain than we would like to admit, and if everything breaks right, perhaps they could develop into superstar talents.
It just isn’t very likely. If that proves to be the case and there’s no apparent second superstar on the roster, the Bucks will likely have to make a transaction to acquire such a player.
The timeline for such should be by the 2020-21 season at the latest. That is the last year of Giannis’ current contract and the latest possible year in which the Bucks need to seriously contend for an NBA title. Giannis can say he is in for the long haul for now, but things can change. Many superstars have given commitments that expired along with their contracts. If the Bucks do not provide Giannis with a real chance to compete for a title, it would be hard to blame him for leaving after that season.
So with the given need and the above timeline, lets take a look at the Milwaukee Bucks’ possible paths to obtaining a superstar.