Preview: Milwaukee Bucks

Preview: Milwaukee Bucks


Preview: Milwaukee Bucks

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STAYING: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jerryd Bayless, Michael Carter-Williams, Tyler Ennis, Jorge Gutierrez, John Henson, Damien Inglis, OJ Mayo, Khris Middleton, Johnny O’Bryant, Jabari Parker and Miles Plumlee.

ADDED: Chris Copeland (Indiana), Jon Horford (Indios de San Francisco), Marcus Landry (CAI Zaragoza), Greg Monroe (Detroit), Josh Powell (Free Agent), Greivis Vasquez (Toronto), Rashad Vaughn (Nevada-Las Vegas) and Charlie Westrbook (Hyeres-Toulon).

GONE: Jared Dudley (Washington), Ersan Ilyasova (Detroit) and Zaza Pachulia (Dallas).

STRENGTHS: Excellent frontcourt with incredible length, athleticism and low-post scoring … Greg Monroe gives the team strength and a big offensive threat down low … The up-and-coming Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and John Henson are all expected to take a step forward this season … Parker and the Greek Freak have star written all over them … With improved rebounding and explosive athletes on the court, this should be a really good fast-break team … Khris Middleton is an under-the-radar swingman that gets better every year… Fine backup point guard in Greivis Vasquez … Good finishers around the basket … Length translates into many steals and altered shots … Opponents shot a mere 43.7 percent against Milwaukee in 2014-15 … Jason Kidd did a fine job of making the squad compete while developing young talent at the same time last season … Solid in-game management.

WEAKNESSES: It’s still a young club that needs time to get more consistent … The Bucks could have trouble closing out games … They are really turnover prone … Average outside shooting team at best … No big long-range threats apart from Middleton … Michael Carter-Williams and Antetokounmpo shot a combined 14.6 percent from three for the Bucks last season … While they have plenty of good players, there’s no full-blown star … Who’s the go-to guy? … Who’s the locker room leader of the the team?

PREDICTION: 3rd in the Central Division / 5th in the Eastern Conference.


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