Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks forward (⬆️ UP)
Milwaukee already knew what it had in Antetokounmpo. During the NBA Finals, the world found out. Not only did Antetokounmpo somehow come back from what looked like a season-ending injury but he also played so incredibly well and did things heretofore unseen, he was named Finals MVP. But this goes beyond his on-court performance – which was amazing in its own right. Antetokounmpo showed a side of himself to the viewing public not seen outside the Cream City. He was engaging, funny and thoughtful. Antetokounmpo likely spawned a generation of Bucks fans – not to mention thousands (millions?) – of those who fell in love with him, just like Milwaukee has already done. (If Antetokounmpo’s Instagram Live on Wednesday morning, which included him in his car with the two trophies ordering fast food, didn’t do it for you, please check your pulse.)
Khris Middleton, Bucks forward (⬆️ UP)
Maybe Middleton haters will finally crawl back into the woodwork. He hit so many big shots he needs to add Klutch Khris to his repertoire of nicknames. How clutch was Middleton?
Brandon Jennings, former Bucks guard (⬆️ UP)
“Bucks in six” indeed. A 2013 statement turned into rallying cry and then said into existence. A modern-day soothsayer.
Bucks fans … sleep (⬇️ DOWN)
Between having to nervously wait two days for Game 6 and then seeing Milwaukee winning the championship late Tuesday night, we’re guessing a lot of snooze buttons were hit Wednesday morning, not to speak of alarms turned off or not even set.
Frank Kaminsky, Suns center (⬆️ UP and ⬇️ DOWN))
Call it a perfect scenario for Wisconsin fans. The former Badger played quality minutes in Game 6 for Phoenix – and even put a scare into the Bucks helping lead a Phoenix comeback and make it a nip-and-tuck game in the second half. In the end, Bucks win, Kaminsky looked good but lost. All is well.