The Milwaukee Bucks get their regular season underway on Wednesday night as they hit the road to face the Charlotte Hornets.
Just under six months since their Game 7 elimination to the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs, the Milwaukee Bucks are finally back to play meaningful, competitive basketball.
The 2018-19 regular season got underway on Tuesday, and the Bucks’ turn to get started arrives on Wednesday as Mike Budenholzer’s team make the trip to Charlotte to match up with the Charlotte Hornets.
After a strong showing across their week of preseason action, offseason hopes and expectations generated with the arrival of Budenholzer and the signings that followed have now only been stoked further, meaning the Bucks start their campaign surrounded by a genuine sense of optimism.
Of course, that kind of hope is easier to come by when you have a superstar player at the forefront of your efforts, and in Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks certainly have one of those.
Beyond their Greek star, the Bucks also have an improved supporting cast, and now finally a coherent and modern system that should allow them to maximize their abilities too.
Riding high following strong preparations of their own in recent weeks, the Charlotte Hornets will be a stern test of just how far along the Bucks are to begin the new season, and just how much can really be expected of them across the course of the year.
With all of that in mind, let’s take a look at three of the elements most worth your attention when the action tips off on Wednesday night.