The Milwaukee Bucks are 10-44 following Thursday night’s 101-90 defeat to the Denver Nuggets. They hold the NBA‘s worst record. Also on Thursday, they traded the disgruntled Gary Neal along with Luke Ridnour in exchange for the Charlotte Bobcats point guard Ramon Sessions. They will also be without center Larry Sanders for six weeks due to injury. Coach Larry Drew simply does not have much talent left on his team.
Against the Nuggets, the Bucks’ starting five was Nate Wolters at point guard, Caron Butler, Khris Middleton and Ersan Ilyasova as the wings and forwards and Zaza Pachulia at center. They were without point guard Brandon Knight who sat out with an injury to his heel.
Guard O.J. Mayo has been a major disappointment this season as he is shooting just under 40 percent from the field and is averaging 12.2 points per game off the bench. John Henson is still improving but his skills are still raw. Giannis Antetokounmpo has the qualities to be a very good player one day, but he is also just 19 years old and is very raw.
The Bucks will struggle to win games no matter who they play or where they play. Even as the Nuggets were missing their best player, Ty Lawson, Denver was still able to pull out a convincing victory at Milwaukee. Kenneth Faried was a force on the offensive end with 26 points.
As the season goes on, the remaining Bucks schedule is not too easy. They still have five games left against the Eastern Conference’s top two team’s; the Indiana Pacers, whom they have three games left against, and the Miami Heat, whom they will play two more times. They also have a stretch left where they will play seven of eight games on the road.
The Bucks were never predicted to be good this season. They always had the vision of landing one of the top draft picks in this year’s NBA Draft.
Still, losing like they did against the Nuggets is never easy on anyone in the organization nor the fans.