The Milwaukee Bucks are playing some good basketball right now. They have the best record in the NBA and have won nine of their last ten games, including defeating the Wizards 131-115 on Saturday night in Washington D.C.
Last season, with head coach Jason Kidd, who was fired midseason, and Joe Prunty, the interim head coach for the rest of the 2017-18 season, the Bucks won 44 games. After 51 games, Milwaukee has won 38 games. The big difference could be the addition of head coach Mike Budenholzer, who had a lot of success during his time with the Hawks, which included a 60-win season in 2015.
“Bud Ball” allows players to take a lot of three-point shots, and the Bucks do just that. Milwaukee is second in three-point shots attempted and made, and according to first-time All-Star Khris Middleton, “Bud Ball” is one of the reasons the Bucks have had a lot of success thus far this season.
“It’s a whole different style of play,” Middleton told goforitradio’s Paul Gant. “Space out on the perimeter, our defense is much better, our offensive efficiency is much better; individually, each one of us is much better than last year, so when you add all those things up, things change and it’s been going to wins.”
Also, it does not hurt that Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is averaging 26.6 ppg, 12.5 rpg, 5.8 apg, is having an MVP-caliber season for Milwaukee.
We caught up with Middleton after the Bucks’ victory over the Wizards on Saturday night. He discussed the team, the last ten games, the Bucks as championship contenders, “Bud Ball,” and how he will handle All-Star weekend.