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Milwaukee Bucks Could Sneak Into the Playoff Picture in 2014-15

Jabari Parker, Milwaukee Bucks

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I will admit this: I am in complete shock that nobody is making much noise about the Milwaukee Bucks this offseason.

I mean, the team just drafted the most NBA-ready players in the 2014 draft, they have a player whose name is almost unpronounceable who could possibly grow into a good player and a point guard who has yet to reach his prime.

Still, there has been barely a peep about the Bucks coming out of the land of dairy this offseason. Maybe that is a good thing. The Bucks aren’t complaining. Milwaukee is just going about its business, the business of getting back to the playoffs.

There have been some rumblings around the NBA world that the 2014-15 version of the Bucks could be a sleeper team in the still watered down Eastern Conference. I’m having a hard time coming around to that sentiment, but I do understand why some people feel that the Bucks could be playing playoff basketball in April.

For starters, this Bucks team is leaps and bounds better than they were in 2013-14. Their prized rookie, Jabari Parker, gives the team the star power it has lacked in the last few years and will more than likely carry the team on his back.

Then there’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Greek freak who showed flashes of stardom in an otherwise dark 2013-14 for the Bucks. If head coach Jason Kidd allows him to continue on his upward path, he may be on his way to stardom in the near future. Brandon Knight is also a player that has a huge upside, and playing alongside Parker might give his game a boost.

All in all, if you look at the Bucks lineup and the sheer quality of talent in the East, they do have an outside chance of joining the playoffs this upcoming season. But as I have stated before, I don’t think the Bucks are talented enough to be playoff contenders yet. The team still needs a few more pieces before I can join the few singing “the Bucks are back in town.”

But make no mistake, the Bucks are on their way back.

Kareem Gantt covers the NBA for Rant Sports. For more from this author, ‘follow’ him on Twitter, ‘like’ him on Facebook, and ‘add’ him to your network on Google