After taking a 2-0 lead, the Bucks went on to lose four-straight to the Kawhi Leonard-led Raptors and while the series ended in disappointment, shooting guard Sterling Brown says the best is yet to come for the Bucks.
“It’s great man, we got a great thing brewing right now,” Brown told NBA.com whilst in Sydney at Tissot’s NBA Finals Game 1 viewing party.
“Everybody’s involved, everybody’s locked in, everybody’s into it so the next few years we’re going to be a real dangerous team to play,”
Brown appeared in 58 regular season games for the Bucks and after missing nearly a month late in the season with a wrist injury, Brown returned for the final 10 games of the regular season and was inserted into the starting lineup at shooting guard for the injured Malcolm Brogdon.
During that stretch, he played some of the best basketball in his young NBA career, averaging 12 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists on a sizzling 48.5% shooting from the field and 36.1% from the three-point line.
He carried that form into the playoffs, appearing in 11 games in the post-season, (five starts), including all four in their first-round sweep against the Detroit Pistons, just reward for his ever-improving game on both sides of the ball.
“I improved my overall game. I made strides and I’ve got a lot of work to do, I’ve got a lot of areas to get better in,” Brown added.
“I would say it was a pretty good season for myself, getting minutes in key times, playing in the playoffs, starting in key times, starting in the first round, it was a great season for me.”
With the Bucks likely to run it back next season, they have a big summer ahead with Khris Middleton, Malcolm Brogdon, Brook Lopez and Nikola Mirotic all set to become free agents, who will likely generate plenty of interest from other teams around the league.
Meanwhile, the Bucks have until July 2 to guarantee backup point guard George Hill’s $18 million salary for the 2019/20 season.
Given the talents and timeline of 24-year-old centrepiece Giannis Anetokounmpo, the Bucks have postioned themselves to be a perennial contender as they continue to grow around their superstar small forward.
The Greek Freak took his game to a new level this season, emerging as an MVP candidate, an All-Star captain and All-NBA First Team member, a rise Brown says had a ripple effect on him and his teammates.
“It was great man, it was great, I learned a lot from him, we bounced ideas off each other,” he said.
“Just to see his development over the last couple years and from when he first came into the league, it’s great to be right there front and centre.”