2013 Milwaukee Bucks Season Preview
Last season saw the Bucks make the playoffs in the #8 spot, but unfortunately for them that meant they drew the Miami Heat in the first round. Milwaukee is actively trying to improve on the 38-win season, bringing in O.J. Majo, Caron Butler, Zaza Pachulia and Luke Ridnour to make it to the next level. They lost Mike Dunleavy, Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings, but they’re banking on the veteran presence to make up for that. The Bucks start their season in Boston at the TD Garden before playing their first home game on Nov. 2 against the Raptors. Other key home games will be vs. Oklahoma City on Nov. 16, vs. the Bulls on Dec. 10, and a rematch with the Heat on March 29.
2012 Milwaukee Bucks Season Preview
Fresh off a third place finish in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference and a 31-35 record, the Milwaukee Bucks just narrowly missed making the playoffs after falling four games behind the eventual eighth seed, the Philadelphia 76ers. The Bucks have been slowly but surely building a contending roster throughout the past several years and the squad seems poised to take that next leap into the playoffs in the foreseeable future. The Bucks should see a marked improvement during the 2012-13 season, as new players like Monta Ellis and Epke Udoh have had a year to play with one another and should be ready to put together a serious run at the playoffs. The Bucks had a surprisingly active offseason, unloading the contracts of players like Shaun Livingston, Carlos Delfino and Jon Leuer, the latter of which was a surprising move after Leuer's solid season during the 2011-12 campaign. The team made a move to trade for Samuel Dalembert, who is expected to be the squad's starting center heading into the year. Additionally, the team also added Joel Przybilla to provide additional depth at the position. Ultimately, the Bucks have placed a premium on size in the paint and have one of the most talented groupings of centers and forwards in the NBA. In the draft, the Bucks added additional size with North Carolina's John Henson, and may have gotten a steal with their second round pick, guard Doron Lamb from Kentucky. Looking at the Bucks' starting lineup, it all starts at the point with guard Brandon Jennings and shooting guard Monta Ellis, one of the most dynamic scoring duos in the league. They will be backed up by talented youngsters like Lamb, Marquis Daniels and Beno Udrih. At forward, the Bucks have an embarrassment of riches, including starters Tobias Harris and Ersan Ilyasova. While the team has plenty of talent at the position, they have tried in earnest in past years to try and find a group that will complement each other's talents for the better of the team. As the 2012-13 season kicks off, the Bucks have the pieces in place to be a surprise contender, but it may take a breakout performance from someone unexpected for them to get to the playoffs. Right now, the Bucks have some nice pieces in place with Jennings, Ellis, Dalembert and others, and if they can put it all together, the Eastern Conference should look out!
2011 Milwaukee Bucks Season Preview
Behind the dynamic ability of rookie Brandon Jennings, the Milwaukee Bucks were one of the surprise teams last season, and returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2006. The Bucks return a reliable core group of players and have high expectations heading into the year, as coaches and fans believe they are poised to advance further than last season. Along with Jennings, former number one overall pick Andrew Bogut has emerged as one of the premiere players in the NBA. The seven-foot center averaged 15.9 points a game while bringing down 10.2 rebounds per contest. Drew Gooden and John Salmons are both solid as well, and the addition of Corey Maggette may make up for losing three-point specialist Michael Redd for much of the season. Though they may not have the depth of talent as some other teams in the Eastern Conference, they may be able to ride Jennings and Bogut to the playoffs once again. Head coach Scott Skiles brings a wealth of experience to the table, and should have his team focused and ready for the start of the season.
2010 Milwaukee Bucks Season Preview
The Milwaukee Bucks head into the 2009-2010 NBA season looking to claw their way out of the basement of the Central Division in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks journey will be led by Head Coach Scott Skiles; who has a roster which is capable of making the playoffs. The Bucks talent includes Michael Redd, young star Brandon Jennings and big man Andrew Bogut. If Milwaukee plays up to their potential look for them to compete in the Central Division and grab one of the eight playoff spots in the East.
2009 Milwaukee Bucks Season Preview
The Bucks ended last season on a somewhat disappointing note, recording a 26-56 season record (3rd lowest in franchise history). The Bucks will welcome Head Coach Scott Skiles to the team, who they hope will usher in his style of defense, to bring the Bucks away from an allowed 103.9 ppg average last season. Bucks fans will also be looking to Michael Redd for support, and are hoping that he will pass the ball this season (last season he averaged 3.4 assists per game - nothing spectacular, but his all-time high). The team's schedule allows only 10 home games in the first 28 games of the season, providing a difficult start for the rebuilding program. The Bucks will have the tools they need to make a serious fight for the playoffs this season, but we will see if they can get off the ground floor and make it closer to the net.