An NBA scout isn’t too confident in the clutch abilities of Milwaukee Bucks superstar big man Giannis Antetokounmpo, and it’s hard not to see his point after Antetokounmpo missed a potential game-winning jumper in the final seconds of the Bucks loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.
“I think they’re really good,” an Eastern Conference exec said. “With Giannis, Middleton and Holiday, I think they have enough.”
“Are you going to win with him shooting [63%] from the line?” asked one Eastern Conference scout, according to ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. “That is a huge deal.”
“I just don’t know if Khris Middleton will be good enough to be the go-to guy down the stretch,” a Western Conference scout said. “Giannis clearly isn’t going to be it.”
The conversation then turned to the Bucks bench, which was pointed in discussing which Eastern Conference is shaping up, and which teams in the East are in the best positions to make it to the NBA Finals this season.
“Their bench needs to really step up and play better, but I’m not sure they can do it,” one Western Conference executive said.