The Milwaukee Bucks had a decent season last year. They finished 6th in the Eastern Conference with a 41-41 record, but they were eliminated from the playoffs in the first round by Chicago. While the Bucks had a solid team and a good young coach in Jason Kidd, they lacked the stars that could take them to the next level in the playoffs. Jabari Parker was hurt for much of the season and they did not have other players to step up and fill the void left by his unfortunate absence. Consequently, they entered the offseason looking for a star that could provide them with a much needed boost in all aspects of the game.
What They Did:
Milwaukee’s biggest move of the offseason has been the signing of Greg Monroe ( center). Monroe is a true offensive big man who can put up 20 points per game and grab 10 rebounds on a nightly basis. It is a move that will improve them tremendously and may push them into the second round of the playoffs.
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They also drafted Rashad Vaughn from UNLV. Vaughn is 18 and will provide them with some excellent perimeter shooting. However, he is a defensive liability. His youth should allow him plenty of time to improve though and he appears to be a draft steal with his potential.
What They Did Not Do:
The Bucks did not add enough pieces. They got Greg Monroe, but they failed to add more stars to put the team over the top. If they had made a run at a player like Monta Ellis, they would have set themselves up to have an excellent chance at winning a championship next year. Their lack of activity on this front will hinder their chances at making a deep playoff run. They also failed to add more role players that can support the starters with quality scoring.
What to Expect Next Year:
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Milwaukee has a bright future ahead of itself. The addition of Greg Monroe should improve Milwaukee’s playoff chances immensely and they have good young prospects in Jabari Parker (power forward) and Michael Carter-Williams (point guard). It is possible that they will be able to make it past the first round in next year playoffs, but there are no guarantees for the playoffs. They should definitely be able to improve on their regular season record.
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