NBA Preview: 2012-2013 Milwaukee Bucks
NBA Preview – Milwaukee Bucks
2011-12 Record: 31-35, 9th in the East
Key Additions: Samuel Dalembert, John Henson, Joel Przybilla, Marquis Daniels, Doron Lamb
Key Losses: Carlos Delfino, Kwame Brown, Jon Brockman, Jon Leuer, Shaun Livingston
Payroll: $63.9 Million – 19th in the NBA
The Bucks could possibly be a “League Pass” team ie. a team that is fun to watch but is not a contender with Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings in the backcourt. Monta is one of the best scorers in the league, one of the few players with a legitimate chance to go off for 50 points in a single game but doesn’t provide much else. Jennings falls in love with his jumper a bit but if he works on his shot he could become a top 10 point guard in the league and with a league dominated by point guards like Paul, Rose, Nash, Westbrook and Parker (among others), a top 10 point guard is someone you can build your team around.
The Bucks are a confusing mix of older players like Samuel Dalembert, Drew Gooden and Joel Przybilla and young players like Jennings, Ekpe Udoh and John Henson. It will be up to Scott Skiles to make this team fit and develop a defensive system that masks the defensive deficiencies in his backcourt. He does have some defensive pieces in the frontcourt but these players tend to be one dimensional and do not add much at the offensive end of the floor.
I can see the Bucks meshing and featuring Ellis and Jennings and getting the 8th seed in the East before they are annihilated by the Heat in the first round. I think the most likely landing spot is 10th or 11th in the East since injuries do occur to every NBA team and the Bucks do not have playoff caliber depth.
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