If Milwaukee Bucks fans are not excited with the new moves general manager John Hammond has made this summer, they are not paying close enough attention. The Bucks have put in place a team loaded with young talent and savvy veterans that will be ready to contend for a NBA championship in the near future. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the core group of men.
The Bucks have built around three big men, which is always a huge plus for any team. The potential for center Larry Sanders, power forward John Henson and forward Ersan Ilyasova is through the roof. All three players have shown they have what it takes to become dominant players in the league.
Milwaukee drafted 18-year-old Giannis Antetokounmpo in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft. Antetokounmpo has huge upside and certainly has what it takes to become a superstar for many years to come. His ability to take over games and be an unselfish player is exactly what the Bucks need to make some noise in the Eastern Conference.
Milwaukee also acquired 21-year-old point guard Brandon Knight and 21-year-old small forward Khris Middleton in a trade with the Detroit Pistons. Knight is an outstanding point guard with incredible cutting skills and a great nose for defense. In my opinion, he will prove to be a massive upgrade from Brandon Jennings, one that will make this trade look very silly for Detroit a few years from now. Middleton also has potential to be a solid contributor with the right coaching.
It is important to note the age of the six players mentioned. An average age of 22 years old means there is plenty of room to teach the young men how to become skillful players. Not to mention, they will grow together. They will suffer highs and lows together. As long as the locker room remains intact, the chemistry could be jaw-dropping.
The Bucks added veterans O.J. Mayo, Luke Ridnour, Zaza Pachulia, Gary Neal and Carlos Delfino to the mix to ensure the fan base that the team is not just playing for tomorrow. Milwaukee is determined to win right away, while also teaching the younger players how to play the game the right way.
The Bucks may not contend for a NBA championship in 2013-14. However, there is no question the right pieces have been put in place for Milwaukee to do some serious damage two to three years from now.