The young guns in the Milwaukee lineup helped guide them to the playoffs last season, despite their number 1 pick in the draft, Jabari Parker, hurting his leg and missing a lot of the second half. The Bucks went 41-41, finishing 6th in the East by 1 Game over the Celtics and wound up getting bounced by Chicago in the first round. But how will they fair this season?
Michael Carter-Williams G
Jabari Parker G
Khris Middleton F
Giannis Antetokumpo F
Greg Monroe F/C
Key Bench Players:
Grevis Vasquez G
Chris Copeland F
John Henson C
Ersan Ilyasova F (signed with DET)
Zaza Pachulia C (signed with DAL)
The Bucks made a couple silent moves in the offseason when they brought in Grevis Vasquez and Greg Monroe, and signed Khris Middleton to an extension. Both players are very good at doing their job. Vasquez is a very good passer and can shoot the 3-ball, he will provide a great spark off the young Bucks bench this year.
Middleton really surprised the basketball world last year and really provided great offense for Milwaukee as he helped them return to the playoffs for the first time since they traded Brandon Jennings. He is a young guy that should continue to grow into a good NBA player. He will likely be the number 2 offensive option behind the "Greak Freak."
Greg Monroe is an underrated player at the 4 position. He can easily put up 18 PPG and contribute 9 RPG and even 3 APG. He's a great player and a great athlete that, I believe, will turn into an All-Star in Milwaukee.
The Bucks did lose out this offseason as well. Ersan Ilyasova signed with Detroit in the offseason, leaving the Bucks without a stretch-4 who knocks down the 3 and grab some rebounds. However, he's an injury prone player.
Zaza Pachulia was a very effective big man last season for the Bucks, coming off of the bench and providing a vital defensive weapon. However, if John Henson can continue to improve, Pachulia will not be missed much in Milwaukee.
The X-Factor is the "Greek Freak," Giannis Antetokumpo. We still don't know his position because, like his nickname, the dude is just a freak of nature. He's 6'10" and can run the floor, rebound, score, and play defense. He does have the potential to dethrone LeBron James as the best player in basketball.
Don't argue with me on that one.
The Bucks have an exciting, young team that will continue to improve with time. I see them going 45-37 and finishing 5th in the East.