NBA MVP Power Rankings: Thunder's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander rises, who drops?

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4. Giannis Antetokounmpo

Last week's rank: 5

After a rough start to the Doc Rivers era in Milwaukee, the Bucks finally seem to have gotten things back on track by winning two in a row. Giannis Antetokounmpo has been a huge reason the Bucks remain in the top three in the Eastern Conference.

Despite the Bucks' lackluster start to the Rivers coaching era, they have largely kept themselves afloat due to the play of their superstar forward. Antetokounmpo has kept the Bucks alive through his spectacular play.

Bucks guard Damien Lillard has struggled through this new transition, but after the All-Star break, he has finally gotten things back on track. Also, Kris Middleton has missed a lot of time with injury but will look to make his return soon. With Middleton back, the Bucks will be at full strength, assuming everyone stays healthy before Middleton makes his return.

Under Rivers, the Bucks have turned themselves into a formidable defensive team, but it has come at the cost of their offense. When Middleton returns and Lillard is knocking down shots, scoring shouldn't be a worry, but for now, it is.

While Adrian Griffin was the head coach in Milwaukee, the Bucks had the opposite problem they have now. The defense was a struggle, while the offense was the best it had been since their 2021 championship season.

Despite losing as of recently, the Bucks are now on a two-game winning streak and have a legit shot at making it four in a row, with their next two games being against the Charlotte Hornets.