The Milwaukee Bucks' Tim Thomas thinks his team can go one better and win the Eastern Conference finals after going so close against the Philadelphia 76ers last season. And the 6-foot-10 power forward thinks its only a matter of time before he wears an NBA championship ring. Thomas, who is in town as an ambassador for the adidas three-a-side regional streetball finals, said losing to the 76ers was hard to swallow because the Bucks had gone so far in the playoffs. But he expects better days ahead next season. The Bucks were narrowly beaten by the 76ers, 4-3 in the best-of-seven-game series. 'This past season has been a great experience - to get so far and to lose and then see the 76ers, who we should have beaten, playing in the NBA finals instead of us. 'It kind of hurts but I've got a lot of basketball left and I definitely think my chances of winning an NBA championship are great. 'I will try to help my team go one better in the playoffs, but it will require a lot of hard work and there's also the luck of the draw. Hopefully, things will turn around,' said the NBA star. Thomas, 24, added: 'We definitely had a great year last year but we didn't come away with the NBA championship. We came up with nothing. I just want to get better as a player every time I step on to the court.' The Bucks forward said his team had made mistakes in the seventh and deciding game against the 76ers - crucial mistakes that probably cost them the series. 'We let some games slip away and we had opportunities. I think we hurt ourselves. We were turning the ball over and rushing things. If we had played our style better and slowed the game down, we would have had a greater chance of winning. They tried to play the game fast and we fell into their trap.' With Kevin Garnett, Sam Cassell and Ray Allen in the roster, Thomas believes his experience playing with these NBA stars has given his team the edge. 'We are basically the same team as we were last season with no major changes. We have been playing together for 3.5 years. Together we have gained experience and we are helping one another as a group. We are a young team and the more we stay together, the more it will be a plus for us,' he said. Thomas still predicted the LA Lakers will be the team to beat next season. 'Definitely they will be the team to beat because they have won back-to-back titles. I don't know who can beat them. The main concern is Shaq [O'Neal]. They aren't too many guys who can stop him. Until that happens, I can't see the Lakers getting beaten,' said Thomas. Thomas, who averaged 12.6 points per game and was runner-up in last season's NBA sixth man of the year award, also believes the Toronto Raptors, the Houston Rockets and the Utah Jazz will perform well this coming season. 'And Grant Hill will be coming back from injury and should do well for the Orlando Magic. Those are the teams to look out for,' said Thomas. Michael Jordan - assuming he does make a comeback - will also make the season more interesting, said Thomas. 'I don't know whether he will return or not. It's a secret but if he does return it will be great for the NBA because there is nobody like him. He can get the winning edge for a team. He has a lot of basketball talent and he hasn't lost much of that. He will be a bit rusty at first, but once he gets back, we will see the old Michael Jordan.' Thomas will conduct a clinic tomorrow at Victoria Park and will officiate at the streetball regional finals. He leaves the SAR on Monday.