NBA: Axel Toupane, sixth French champion

Axel Toupane (28), who joined Milwaukee in March 2021, became the sixth Frenchman to win the NBA title after the Bucks’ victory in the final against Phoenix (105-98), on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday during the match 6 of the finals.

France has a new NBA champion! Axel Toupane (28) won the ring after the Milwaukee Bucks’ coronation in the final against Phoenix (4-2 victory in the series with a last success 105-98 on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday). The full-back or winger joined the Wisconsin franchise last March. The former Strasbourg player only played four games in the play-offs (1.3 points and 1 rebound on average). But he didn’t play a single second in the six finals.

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Like Parker, Mahinmi, Beaubois, Turiaf and Diaw

He is still entitled to the title and imitates Tony Parker (4 titles in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014), Ian Mahinmi (2011), Rodrigue Beaubois (2011), Ronny Turiaf (2012) and Boris Diaw (2014). Arrived in the NBA in 2016, Toupane has had short experiences in franchises in Denver, Milwaukee (2017, then 2021), New Orleans.

Back in Europe in 2017 (Kaunas, Olympiacos, Malaga, Strasbourg), he returned to the G-League before regaining a place in the NBA with the Bucks. He will be a free agent this summer but will first enjoy the title festivities in the city, which are shaping up to be huge fifty years after Milwaukee’s first and only title.

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Several French players hailed the title of their compatriot such as Rudy Gobert, released with Utah in the Eastern Conference semifinals (“Congratulations to my guy! First of the 92 generation to bring back this ring, do you hear ?!”) or Florent Piétrus (“champion my brother”). A video from the NBA shows superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo (MVP of the finals with 50 points in Game 6) celebrating the coronation with the Frenchman.

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