The Milwaukee Bucks have moved up four spots to be ranked 24th in Marc Stein’s ESPN NBA power rankings.
Last week the Bucks were ranked 28th, third from the bottom, but have rebounded with quality wins against the Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks, and Toronto Raptors. Milwaukee is currently ninth in the Eastern Conference and are one game behind the Knicks for the eighth spot.
In the last rankings I explained how the Bucks need to start rebuilding the team to be successful in the near future. I still believe this to be the case but that does not mean Milwaukee can’t make the playoffs and still be successful this year.
Even if the Bucks lose in the first round of the postseason it is still momentum they can carry into next year once they have restructured the team better. I still believe Stephen Jackson must go and Brandon Jennings is on the fence, but with key players already established on the roster this can be a very talented team in the ensuing years.
After Stein bashed the Bucks as well last week even he is reconsidering himself.
“On second thought, maybe it’s time to resurrect those Leastern Conference jokes. With Stephen Jackson openly miserable, Brandon Jennings revealing he’s eyeing bigger markets and trade rumors suddenly swirling around the luckless Andrew Bogut … Milwaukee is still right there in the playoff hunt,” Stein commented.
Milwaukee still has big games coming up but do not rule the Bucks out of the playoffs yet as they have proven there is still plenty of fight left in them.