The Milwaukee Bucks won the 2021 NBA Finals last night against the Phoenix Suns. This is the team’s second NBA championship, their first since 1971 when they defeated the now-Washington Wizards (then the Baltimore Bullets) when the Bucks were in the Western Conference.
Now that the Bucks have won the NBA Finals, let’s also give a shoutout to Bobby Portis. He is the lone player on the Bucks who once played for the Wizards, where he spent about half of the 2018-19 NBA season after a trade that sent Otto Porter to the Chicago Bulls. The Wizards also received Jabari Parker in the deal. (Okay, I’m sorry for fanning the flames)
While he was with the Wizards, Portis started 22 of his 28 games, averaging 14.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. In the following season, he signed a one-year contract with the New York Knicks and another deal with the Bucks a year later. Portis averaged 11.4 points per game in the regular season, mostly in a sixth-man role.
There is also a family tie with the Wizards on the Bucks’ roster since Brook Lopez is Robin’s twin brother. Brook averaged 12.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game this past season.
Congratulations to Bobby, Brook and the Bucks for being NBA Champions.