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Contender comparison: Dallas Mavericks vs Milwaukee Bucks

Next up in the series of contender comparisons is the Milwaukee Bucks. On the surface, it’s simple: the Bucks are the reigning NBA champs and the Mavs aren’t. Is there more to it than that? Let’s dive in and see.

Best Player: Luka Doncic vs Giannis Antetokounmpo

Luka Doncic runs into a tough matchup here. Before the Bucks’ 2021 playoff run that ended with a championship parade, I might’ve put Luka ahead of Giannis Antetokounmpo. But now... Giannis has to be ahead of Luka.

Luka can definitely do more with the ball in his hands than Antetokounmpo, but Giannis’ ability to impact the game on the defensive end is miles ahead of Luka’s.