2. Serge Ibaka, Milwaukee Bucks
Ibaka started the year with the Clippers before getting traded to a much more favorable situation in Milwaukee. While he isn’t the statistical marvel he once was, Ibaka is still an effective center that can play a part in Milwaukee’s second consecutive championship.
Ibaka has averaged 7.0 points and 5.3 rebounds while making 52% of his free throws. Even with Giannis Antetokounmpo doing superstar things regularly, Milwaukee lacks great center depth. Ibaka could show off some of his patented scoring and shooting if the Bucks need a difference-maker in the non-Giannis minutes.
Serge Ibaka could win a ring after leaving the Toronto Raptors.
Make no mistake, Ibaka played a vital role on Toronto’s first-ever championship team. A starter and reserve who would mix it up with anyone and hit some big shots late in games, Ibaka is always welcome back in Toronto. Not bringing him back when he hit free agency was a miscalculation.
At the very least, Raptors fans can take solace in the fact that he landed on his feet in Milwaukee. While watching Giannis flatten the rest of the East could be a depressing watch for Raptors fans wondering when their time will come, watching Ibaka get ring No. 2 could ease the pain.