FOX Sports Wisconsin heads to the podium and distributes awards for the top players and moments from the Milwaukee Bucks' 2017-18 campaign.
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MVP: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis' ceiling could still be a ways off, but since becoming the Bucks' primary ball-handler in 2016 "The Greek Freak" has made the leap to must-see NBA attraction. A position-less wunderkind whose presence defines everything about this Bucks team, Giannis set statistical highs across the board in Year 5. The front office still hasn't worked out a perfect formula for building a contender around such an amorphous talent, but with numbers like these -- 26.9 points, 10.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks per game on 52.9 percent shooting -- it shouldn't be too hard.
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Best Newcomer: Eric Bledsoe
Turnovers and some general lapses aside, the Bledsoe deal was ultimately a positive one for the Bucks, who sent Greg Monroe and a pair of protected picks to Phoenix for the disgruntled guard in November. For the most part, he delivered, chipping in 2.0 steals per game on defense and improving offensively as the season went along. He picked things up after the All-Star break, averaging 18.8 points, 6.0 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game down the stretch.
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Sixth man: Jabari Parker
Parker came off the bench in 28 of his 31 appearances this season, and deserves some recognition for coming back strong. Sidelined for the first 50 games of the season as he recovered from another torn ACL, Parker returned in February and quickly got his groove back. By the end of March he was back up to 30 minutes per night, ultimately averaging 12.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. The Bucks' plans for him are murky, but Parker's performance post-injury has to weigh heavily into that calculus.
Unsung hero: Khris Middleton
He's nowhere near the game-breaker that Giannis is, but Middleton was Milwaukee's most reliable contributor from the start. The only member of the Bucks to appear in all 82 games during the regular season and all seven during the playoffs, Middleton was an ever-present sidekick for Giannis and the at times mercurial Bledsoe. He averaged 20.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists per night, reaching double digits in scoring in all but seven games, and at least 20 in all but one playoff game. He shot 59.8 percent from the field against the Celtics, averaging 24.7 points per game in the series, just behind Giannis.
Low point: Game 7
A Kyrie Irving-less Boston was supposed to be a first-round cheat code in the East, but head coach Brad Stevens' machinations were a bit too much for the Bucks. Falling into an 0-2 hole was a less-than-ideal start and winning on the road just proved to be too much. It helps lessen the sting some that Stevens' Celtics are now on the verge of knocking off the third-seeded Philadelphia 76ers (and likely in less than seven games).
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G League MVP: Brandon Jennings
Who saw that one coming? The Bucks' first-round pick in 2009, Jennings returned to North America after a brief sabbatical in China, landing in Oshkosh. Jennings tore up the G League before rejoining the Bucks, averaging 21.4 points, 8.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game. He was one of the few G League pieces to make any sort of impact with the Bucks this season, even if his role was fairly limited.