The recent defeat against the San Antonio Spurs in Texas (93-111), without Giannis Antetokounmpo, is not going to mitigate the great beginning of season of Milwaukee, who lost two games for ten wins. The 2022/2023 NBA season started barely one month ago but the Bucks of Mike Budenholzer are already imposing a very fast pace.
The teammates of Giannis, MVP of the 2021 NBA Finals, were only defeated during their tenth game against the Atlanta Hawks (98-117) after nine straight wins. The team did not really change compared with last year, and this is also what can explain why the Bucks are doing so well in a group where the coach can always rely on Brook Lopez, Jrue Holiday or Spanish Congolese center Serge Ibaka.
The Greek Freak, Nigerian roots, is still playing with his brother Thanasis this year in Wisconsin. The two brothers can boast about being part of a team that reaches a victory rate of 83% which puts them on top of the Eastern Conference, even though Milwaukee lost two games out of the last three they have been playing in the last few days.
Still in the East, the Boston Celtics are confirming after their incredible season last year and these NBA Finals lost against Golden State. Without their former coach Ime Udoka, still suspended and once considered by the Nets to replace Steve Nash (Brooklyn finally chose to trust Jacque Vaughn), the Massachusetts franchise is ranking second behind the Bucks with 77% of victories. In Boston too, stability prevails with players like Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Al Horford, Grant Williams…
In the West, the champion in title Golden State is in pain (11th) and the Jazz is leading despite the loss of Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell. And should we still be talking about the Lakers? Two victories for ten defeats, LeBron James’s ultimate NBA years are undoubtedly complicated.