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Study Concludes Giannis Antetokounmpo Is Most Underpaid Player In NBA

Apr 16, 2019 1:57 AM

An analysis conducted by Forbes concluded that Giannis Antetokounmpo was the most underpaid player in the NBA this season.

The study took into consideration the amount of wins a player produced to get an "expected" salary for that player, then took the difference between a player's "expected" salary and current salary. 

By the Forbes metric, Antetokounmpo was responsible for 18.1 wins on the season and should have been paid over $53 million for his contribution as compared to his $24.1 million salary.

Mitchell Robinson, Nikola Vucevic, James Harden, and Rudy Gobert rounded out the top 5. 

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Nikola Mirotic To Make Bucks Return For Game 1

Apr 13, 2019 7:04 PM

Nikola Mirotic is expected to return to the Milwaukee Bucks for game 1 tomorrow against the Detroit Pistons.

Mirotic has been out for the last month with a fractured thumb.

"Not much soreness, as we expected. I should be ready to go," said Mirotic.

Mirotic added that he was hungry for playoff basketball.

"This is going to be my fourth playoffs in five years. The guys are ready, but the message from our coach is that there's nothing different in the playoffs. We need to play our same basketball. Play hard. I think we should be fine. We are a very deep team and very hungry."

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Mike Budenholzer Voted Coach Of The Year By Peers

Apr 13, 2019 12:38 PM

Mike Budenholzer was voted as the National Basketball Coaches Association's 2019 Coach of the Year.

The award polls 30 NBA head coaches, with no coach able to vote for themselves.

"It's an incredible honor to be recognized by your peers, and that makes this award truly special. Thank you to my colleagues across the NBA, and most importantly thank you to our players and staff in Milwaukee. The players' and staffs' work this year has given our team and our fans a very special season," said Budenholzer.

Kenny Atkinson, Michael Malone, Nate McMillan, Gregg Popovich, Doc Rivers, Quin Snyder and Terry Stotts also received votes.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden Named Players Of The Month For March/April

Apr 11, 2019 6:24 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden have been named the Players of the Month for March/April.

This is the fourth Player of the Month honor for Antetokounmpo this season after he won the award for the months of February, December and October/November. This month’s honor marks the fifth time he’s won Player of the Month in his career. 

Antetokounmpo averaged 30.0 points, 12.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.8 blocked shots per game, while shooting 57.0 percent from the field and 75.8 percent from the foul line, in March/April. 

Harden scored more points (696) than minutes played (695) over the final 20 games.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo: I Don't Like Being Hollywood

Apr 9, 2019 8:52 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo has an elaborate and eccentric set of workouts. Antetokounmpo aims to eliminate distractions and unnecessary decisions such as what to wear.

"I just want to win," Antetokounmpo said. "All that other stuff takes away from the game, and you just spend extra energy on looking good for five seconds. I don't care about that. I just want to look good on the court. Get the win and go back home and lay on my couch and just watch game film. That's it."

Antetokounmpo recently declined a role in "Space Jam 2" with LeBron James. Antetokounmpo would have had to give up two weeks of private workouts while making the movie.

"I don't like being Hollywood," Antetokounmpo said. "I don't like all this extra drama. I am just going to try to be me."

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Eric Bledsoe Ejected As Bucks Clinch Best Record In NBA

Apr 5, 2019 1:30 AM

The Milwaukee Bucks clinched the best record in the NBA after beating the Philadelphia 76ers 128-122.

Giannis Antetokounmpo finished the game with 45 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists. 

"Yeah, that felt like a statement," said Mike Budenholzer after the game.

Eric Bledsoe was ejected less than 3 minutes into the game after getting into a confrontation with Joel Embiid.

"That's unfortunate. Neither team wants to have somebody missing, whether it's injury or somebody getting thrown out. Hopefully we'll be smarter and better for it as a team. [Bledsoe] will be smarter and better for it. He was the first guy greeting his teammates and being there for them when they came in. So maybe it's better that it happens now than another time," added Budenholzer. 

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RealGM Radio: Tim Bontemps On the East

Apr 4, 2019 5:00 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Tim Bontemps of ESPN (@TimBontemps) break down the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

They discuss how the Bucks, Raptors, 76ers and Celtics are looking going into the postseason in terms of how they are playing, health and the massive long-term ramifications looming for all four franchises.

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Bucks Think About Keeping Giannis Antetokounmpo Beyond 2021 'Strategically Every Day'

Apr 3, 2019 1:11 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks have built one of the NBA's best teams this season around Giannis Antetokounmpo, but Khris Middleton, Malcolm Brogdon and Brook Lopez will be free agents this offseason. Milwaukee also hasn't won a playoff series with Antetokounmpo.

Antetokounmpo will be a free agent in 2021 if he doesn't sign a supermax extension in 2020.

“We think about it strategically every day,” said Jon Horst.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo: There's No Reason For Drama, We're Winning

Apr 2, 2019 11:52 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo is a leading candidate for MVP this season and has become one of the NBA's lowest maintenance superstars.

“There’s no reason for drama,” Antetokounmpo told The Athletic. “We’re winning. Everyone is playing well. There’s no time for drama.”

Antetokounmpo cannot become a free agent until 2021 and will be eligible to sign a supermax in 2020.

“Giannis wants to win, we all want to win,” Marc Lasry said. “He wants to be able to compete for a championship. As long as we stay competitive, I believe he’ll stay here. In fact, other free agents will want to come to Milwaukee to play with Giannis.

“All Giannis wants is an opportunity to win. That what we all want.”


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Giannis Antetokounmpo Scores 34 Points, Leaves Game With Potential Ankle Injury

Mar 29, 2019 12:50 AM

Giannis Antetokounmpo left the Milwaukee Bucks' 128-118 win over the Los Angeles Clippers after suffering an apparent injury in his right ankle.

Antetokounmpo went down holding his ankle after dunking the ball in the 4th quarter. He missed two games last week with a sprain in the same ankle.

Khris Middleton picked up the slack with a season-high 39 points.

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Bucks-Hornets To Play NBA's First Ever Regular Season Game In Paris
Tony Parker and Nicolas Batum will play in their home country.

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Rockets Claim Trevon Duval Off Waivers
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Bucks Waive Trevon Duval From Two-Way Contract
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Pau Gasol Expected To Miss 4 Weeks Due to Ankle Injury
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Nikola Mirotic Out Indefinitely With Sprained, Fractured Thumb
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Bucks Sign Tim Frazier
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Giannis Antetokounmpo Wouldn't Want To Be 'More Americanized' To Become Face Of NBA
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Bucks To Sign Tim Frazier, Waive Christian Wood
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Malcolm Brogdon To Miss 6-8 Weeks With Right Foot Injury
Brogdon has started all 64 games this season and is averaging a career-high 15.6 points.

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Lakers' Coaching Staff Wanted To Re-Sign Brook Lopez, Julius Randle
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Jon Horst: Bucks Need To Win Playoff Series This Year
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Giannis Antetokounmpo Tells Young Players To Focus On Basketball, Not Media Exposure
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Bucks Release Isaiah Canaan From 10-Day Contract
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Donovan Mitchell Scores Career-High 46 Points Against 'MegaBucks' Lineup
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