The Milwaukee Bucks never really stood a chance when they faced off with the Miami Heat in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. They were a mediocre defensive team that played relatively inefficiently on offense going up against a juggernaut with one of the most efficient offenses in the league; that obviously wasn’t going to end well for the Bucks.
Now that their off-season has officially begun, major changes are likely going to happen for the Bucks. A strong indicator of this was the recent firing of their head coach Jim Boylan. It’s also believed that both Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, as well as J.J. Redick, will all be leaving Milwaukee and testing the waters in free agency.
With these changes occurring to the team, there is going to be an obvious shift in the scheme and in power on the Bucks roster. When all of the dust is settled, assuming the Bucks don’t lure in a big-time superstar, it’s likely that Ersan Ilyasova will be the go-to option for Milwaukee next season.
Ilyasova struggled to get going at the start of the season, but once he did he has a quality year. In 73 games he averaged 27.6 minutes per game and put up 17.5 points, 6.5 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game on 46.2 percent shooting from the field and 44.4 percent shooting from long range.
Ilyasova showed this past season that he can be a big-time scorer and can score with solid efficiency. Next season, though, the team will undoubtedly be looking for him to play a bigger role, especially with losing Ellis and Jennings, who combined to take 33.1 shot attempts per game. Ilyasova isn’t as explosive as either of those two, but he is highly capable of delivering all over the floor. The Bucks will have a lot of work to do to rebuild their roster, but Ilyasova should have a big year next season.