Bucks Establish Franchise Dominance at NBA Awards


Years In The Making

In June of 2015, no one knew what would become of the crippling Milwaukee Bucks. With threats of team relocation, four short years later has seen Milwaukee become the shining light of the NBA world. That was made clear last night at the 2019 NBA Awards. The Bucks captured three major awards. Jon Horst took home the well-earned Executive of the Year, while Head Coach Mike Budenholzer took home his second Coach of the Year Award. Anticipation for the big moment though of course, came down to the results of the Most Valuable Player. With Lungs holding in our breath, a sigh of relief came– Giannis Antetokounmpo was announced the recipient.

Through blood, sweat and tears, the 2019 season ended on a high note. Despite not hoisting the lucrative Larry O’Brien trophy, the Bucks earned maybe just a little bit more. To be respected and acknowledged as a contender by national media has been a struggle throughout Milwaukee’s history. Last night was the turning page, and seeing the media and world do its due diligence on the Bucks is quite satisfying.

Not having an MVP since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Giannis has given the Bucks new life.


Coming from the guy who claimed all season that he did not care about winning the award, it showed last night just how much this honor meant to the Greek Freak. With tears welling up in his eyes, Giannis thanked everyone from his teammates, to the coaching staff, to the city of Milwaukee. Antetokounmpo’s heartfelt speech did not leave one dry eye among Milwaukee fans. If anyone had doubted Giannis’s commitment to this game, it vanished last night. Who knows what Giannis would become without the Bucks, but I do know that Milwaukee would not be the same without him.

Onto the Next

As we close the door on the 2019 season. The Bucks have much more to be proud of than to feel sorrow. Fans at Fiserv chanted all season long for Giannis to be MVP. It echoed throughout the rafters starting with the grand opening, all the way to Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The statement finally came true and now we can bask in this joyous occasion the rest of the offseason.

There is plenty of work to be done for the Bucks to bring back a championship, but for right now, in this moment, take it in. You never truly know when it will come around again.

About Melissa Colton

Melissa was born and raised in West Allis, WI, but currently resides in Milwaukee. She is a veteran of the United States Army and has a Bachelors Degree in Sport Management. She has worked in both the sports and music industry. Anything from Wisconsin, sports, food, and beer is her happy place.

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