The Denver Nuggets finished off their four-game home stand tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks. Denver was coming off a tough win against the Los Angeles Clipper, as Milwaukee was also coming off a last second win against the New York Knicks.
This was a big game for both teams for vastly different reasons. The Nuggets were trying to get over .500 once again, and the Bucks were trying to win back-to-back games for the first time all season. Unfortunately for Milwaukee, Denver took the game with a score of 110-100, as SF Wilson Chandler lead the way with 24 points and three rebounds.
On the bright side for Milwaukee, their young players have once again proven themselves to be future building blocks for the franchise. Coming into the season, nobody really expected the team to be this bad after acquiring veteran Caron Butler and Brandon Knight via trade along with a signing few other free agents. However, the Bucks now sit at 9-40 a few games past the halfway point of the season. Surprisingly enough, there have been many positives to take away from this year thus far.
First and foremost, Milwaukee is almost guaranteed a top two pick in this upcoming draft, which is filled with talented players. Secondly, and more importantly, the Bucks’ young players have shown that the team has a very bright future. Khris Middleton, who was involved in the Brandon Knight trade, dropped 25 points, as did Larry Sanders, in tonight’s game. Knight was also able to add 16 points and eight assists. These three players are very intriguing, as the Bucks have certainly hit the jackpot by ending up with the trio. We can’t forget the Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo, who has also shown an enormous upside this season. He may have not put up big numbers tonight, but over the course of the season, he has shown that the Bucks had the steal of the draft when he was selected 15th overall.
Milwaukee fans have to hang in there — sacrificing this season for the future is well worth it. Add in a top prospect after the 2014 Draft, and the team has five legitimate stars moving forward.