The Milwaukee Bucks finished last season with a 38-44 record, which was good enough for eighth in the East. However, that meant they had a head-to-head meeting with the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs, and they clearly weren’t much of a matchup for Miami.
This offseason, there was a bunch of movement in Milwaukee. Will that mean more wins for the Bucks? Let’s take a look at some of the movement that occurred and we’ll likely get our answer.
A backcourt of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis has changed to the combination of Brandon Knight and O.J. Mayo. Both are rather strong combos, but it may end up breaking even for the Bucks. Knight is the better option than Jennings, but Ellis is a better player than Mayo. Overall, the guard position for Milwaukee is deeper this season with the acquisitions of Luke Ridnour and Gary Neal.
In the middle of all of this stands Larry Sanders. The man is a legit defensive playmaker and quite frankly, he could very well average a double-double this season. If that’s not good enough for you, the fact that Zaza Pachulia is coming off the bench is always a good consolation prize.
At the small forward position, newcomers Caron Butler and Carlos Delfino (when healthy) will give more of a scoring punch than last season’s Luc Mbah a Moute and Mike Dunleavy. Power forward isn’t a strong position for this team and may be their letdown throughout the year, but if Ersan Ilyasova and the young John Henson can come together to form a solid starter/bench duo, it will go a long way in making this a very complete team.
With all the changes the Bucks made this offseason, it will improve their record from last season. When it’s all said and done, expect to see the Bucks with the seventh spot in the East and finish with a 44-38 record.