This year, the Bucks have a lot of good things going for themselves. Giannis Antetokounmpo, reigning NBA MVP, is in the greatest shape of his life and is having an unbelievable season: In the Bucks’ first two games, Giannis has averaged 29.5 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists! Milwaukee also picked up veteran shooting guard Kyle Korver in the offseason — who is one of the best three point shooters in the league. They signed center Brook Lopez to a 4-year, $52 million over the offseason as well…
But many people don’t know that the Bucks picked up Brook’s twin brother, Robin, this season — creating a second brother duo on the team (Giannis, Thanasis Antetokounmpo). This was a bold move by the Bucks, because they will now have to pay an extra $4,767,000 million for the next two years because of Robin’s two-year deal that is worth $9,772,350 million in its entirety.
On the other hand, it’s never a bad idea to have multiple centers on team for depth purposes. Specifically, the Center position is one that is prone to injury. One could only imagine the strain that playing the game to this high of a level with a 7’0″ body to a player’s joints. Also, Centers usually only play for around half of the minutes of the whole game. So hypothetically if this is the case for the Bucks, they will have the position full at all times.
This is the first time that the brothers have played on the same team since they went to college together, at Stanford. After their second season, they both declared for the 2008 NBA Draft. Brook was drafted by the then-New Jersey Nets as the 10th overall pick and Robin was drafted with the 15th overall pick to the Phoenix Suns.
One detail about the Robin Lopez deal that is unknown by many is that he actually had to take a pay decrease to come to Milwaukee. Last season for the Bulls, Robin made $14,357,750. He took a $10 million pay decrease to play with his brother. What a neat decision!
Coming off their overtime loss last night, the Bucks are 1-1. Their record will only improve because of the extreme depth of their roster this year. Not only that, but the chemistry between some of the players is a little insane. Both the Antetokounmpo and the Lopez brothers have been playing with each other since they first began.
If everyone can remain healthy, I believe the Bucks are going to make it to the Finals. The only other teams that they should truly be worrying about are the Kawhi-less Raptors, the Nets without a healthy KD, and the Philadelphia 76ers.
By Jeff Keacher – originally posted to Flickr as The Lopez Twins, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8887617