Milwaukee Bucks owner Senator Herb Kohl has frustrated fans over the years with his unwillingness to let the team slide in order to get a lottery draft pick. For whatever reason, he believes that a No. 8 spot in the playoffs is better than allowing his team a chance to rebuild and climb the standings in the ensuing years.
Kohl said time and again in the offseason that the team would do whatever it takes to claim the No. 8 spot in the 2014 NBA playoffs. That’s exactly why the organization brought in 11 new players, including their two draft picks. However, the desire not to tank for a lottery pick may be out of Milwaukee’s hands as the roster is plagued with injuries. Not to mention, the second-worst record in the league means the organization is well on their way to a top pick.
I’m certainly not writing the season off as there is still 73 games left on the schedule, and I believe the roster is loaded with talent. In fact, if there weren’t so many injuries the Bucks would have a far better record. Unfortunately, the injuries not only keep Milwaukee from winning close games but also prevent the team from building any chemistry. That alone will take a toll even when players regain their health.
It wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world if the Bucks do end up with a lottery pick, especially since the 2014 NBA Draft is supposed to be one of the best in recent memory. With that being said, I certainly don’t want to see Milwaukee tank on purpose to get a top three pick.