5. Giannis Antetokounmpo
Last week's rank: 5
Some uncertainty has loomed over Giannis Antetokounmpo's head after head coach Adrian Griffin was fired earlier this week. He coached the Bucks to a 30-13 record but increasingly lost the locker room's faith as the season went on. Since his firing, Milwaukee has hired Doc Rivers to take over the coaching duties for the rest of the season.
Since Griffin's departure, the Bucks have gone 2-1 with their interim head coach. Rivers is expected to take over on Monday against the Denver Nuggets. For Rivers, this wouldn't be his first time with a championship-caliber team. In 2008, Rivers coached the Boston Celtics to their first title in over two decades.
Giannis now has the certainty of a head coach and his partner, Damian Lillard. Since the head coaching change, Lillard has made it a point of emphasis to take a step up in his production. Both Lillard and Giannis have carried the Bucks through this awkward stretch.
In Wednesday's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Giannis took over the game by dropping a 30-point triple-double. Without this explosion by Giannis, the Bucks would have likely lost to the hot-handed Cavs.
With the Bucks' future now looking more secure. They can shift their focus on staying healthy and positioning themselves for a 2024 title run. Behind Rivers, they finally get the championship-caliber head coach they have been looking for since the summer.
The Bucks' next game will be on Monday against the Denver Nuggets. It will be the first time we see Rivers in action.