Pat Connaughton heaps praise on the Milwaukee Bucks teammates and the culture around the franchise. The team has blossomed into one of the top organizations in the Eastern Conference, and regulars in the championship talks. Interestingly this situation would be the story for years to come. It’s been hard efforts, trades, and regular improvements within the organization to get to this point. Milwaukee had an era of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar where they managed to win their 1st ever Championship in 1971, but since then after having stars like Michael Redd, and Brandon Jennings, they were struggling to cement their position as title contenders. But now the team looks well balanced and contender for years ahead.
No doubt superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo has been a big part of why the Bucks have become a winner. But he hasn’t been the only part. Milwaukee has done a sensational job of adding to its roster strategically over the years. And 29-year-old Pat Connaughton acknowledges those works behind the scene.
On Miami Heat wing Duncan Robinson’s “The Long Shot” podcast, Milwaukee’s Pat Connaughton praised the Bucks organization for what’s been built. The forward spoke about how the Bucks have surrounded the team with great people.
He said, “I’ve kind of looked at Milwaukee as a hopeful long-term home … and want to be a part of a winning culture and try to win some championships, and I think I can do that in Milwaukee. And, you know, I get to play alongside some great players but great people, too. You talk about Giannis, Khris (Middleton), Jrue Holiday. It’s a place that I want to continue to be for a while. ”
Winning Culture plays important role in the Milwaukee Bucks’ rise to the top.
Over the years many franchises ruled over the NBA likes of Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and Boston Celtics. Recently we have seen Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors taking a firm grip on the Finals matchups. But the Bucks also have become one of the NBA’s most respected franchises. Having arguably the best player in Giannis Antetokounmpo on the roster right now helped them a lot. But that’s not the single piece affecting the Bucks’ rise.
Understanding the need for “culture” in the organization, Bucks has identified the right people for the job. Over the years, the organization has been strategically adding that personnel to create a winning culture. They also managed to balance-out experience and young talent to give them flexibility for seasons to come.
People in the right environment flourished and helped the team to achieve their goals. That was exactly the case for Pat Connaughton. He joined the Bucks in 2018 from Portland Trail Blazers. And since then Connaughton has seen great improvement in his game and confidence. Last season, playing as a rotation player, he averaged 9.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 26.0 minutes per game – impacting the game whenever required.
There is no question about 2021 Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo heading the team into the games. His massive triple-doubles or even double-double performances gave them a huge edge in the game. But even in his absence, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday steadied the ship and win games for them.
As for Connaughton, he has played seven NBA seasons, but the most effective ones can be seen in the Green jersey. Many teams have tried hard to make the such environment around their player, to help them blossom into a superstar, but right now there are few of them able to achieve that – and Milwaukee is certainly one of them.