At 22, Giannis Antetokounmpo (22.9 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 5.4 APG, 1.6 SPG, 1.9 BPG, 18th in RPM) is the unquestioned leader of the young core of Khris Middleton (career 40.4 percent from 3), ROY Malcolm Brogdon and 7-foot-1, 20-year-old Thon Maker. The Bucks are projected to land in the top 10 in both offense and defense, joining just the Wizards, Spurs, Rockets and Warriors. In a June sometime soon, we could get a taste of Milwaukee’s Finest. — Kevin Arnovitz

Real plus-minus (RPM) projections were formed by combining the roster’s expected on-court impact with the likely rotation, an ESPN panel of experts voted in the summer forecast, and the Vegas lines come from the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

  • Real plus-minus

  • Summer forecast

  • Las Vegas

On average, the Warriors project to outscore the Bucks by 4.8 points per 100 possessions in a head-to-head matchup. — Projections by Kevin Pelton and Tom Haberstroh

Using ESPN’s real-plus minus, a metric that quantifies a player’s performance both on offense and defense, we show how your team projects against Golden State, comparing each team’s five starters and the bench. — Jeremias Engelmann

PG
Malcolm Brogdon
1.6
25
Stephen Curry
5.6
32

SG
Tony Snell
0.9
25
Klay Thompson
1.9
32

SF
Khris Middleton
2.2
25
Kevin Durant
4.3
32

PF
Giannis Antetokounmpo
3.0
25
Draymond Green
6.0
32

Center
Thon Maker
-0.1
25
Zaza Pachulia
1.4
32

Bench
Bucks
-0.6

Warriors
-0.7

BIGGEST WEAKNESS VS. WARRIORS

SF Khris Middleton: After a shaky playoff performance last season, Middleton needs to return to his 2015-16 form if the Bucks are going to rise in the East. His RPM went from 3.76 (20th overall) two seasons ago down to 1.40 (74th) last season. — Jeremias Engelmann

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO | FORWARD

If Antetokounmpo’s steep trajectory to superstardom continues, last season’s Most Improved Player has a shot at serious MVP contention. In an age of versatility, Giannis is the ultimate unicorn. Still only 23 and under contract in Milwaukee through 2021, Giannis sports a point guard’s handle, a wing’s agility and a big man’s reach. If and when the long-range stroke arrives, the Bucks enter a future without a ceiling. — Kevin Arnovitz

DeMarcus Cousins from NOP for Jabari Parker, John Henson

Milwaukee decides now is the time to go for it, and rather than pay the rehabilitating Parker a max extension, the Bucks use him as the centerpiece of a Cousins trade. Although they’d hope to retain Cousins beyond this season, the opportunity to compete with a Greek Freak-Boogie tag team is irresistible. — Micah Adams



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