Now that they have Giannis Antetokounmpo under contract through 2026, the Milwaukee Bucks can narrow their focus. With the day-to-day, will-he-stay-or-will-he-go pressure removed, the only thing left to do is turn the championship-level roster into an actual champion.

The Bucks won more regular-season games than any team in the league in each of the past two seasons, but they ultimately found themselves on the losing end of a playoff series against the eventual Eastern Conference champions in both 2019 (the Toronto Raptors) and 2020 (the Miami Heat). The Bucks lost those two series for myriad reasons, including Mike Budenholzer’s minutes management, Eric Bledsoe’s seemingly annual playoff disappearing act, Giannis’s free-throw shooting and Giannis’s injury.