The NBA 30 in 30 is a look at each team as the coming 2013-2014 season approaches. This look reviews their current roster, last year's experience, new developments and a prediction as to where the organization will end at the conclusion of the upcoming year of NBA action.
The Milwaukee Bucks may have ended last year in the post season but their performance was far from stellar. With a record of 38-44 some consider them to have “backed in” to the playoffs but they were promptly sent packing by the soon to be champion Miami Heat. In an effort to improve on last year they retooled their entire roster and now the Bucks look to continue upon their recent success.
Relieving Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings of their back court duties was their first move. Now the roster has brought in O.J. Mayo who showed a level a maturity with the Dallas Mavericks last season; especially when he had to carry the brunt of the load at the start of the year. Gary Neal, who is coming off of a great performance in the NBA Finals with the San Antonio Spurs, moved into the point guard position where he looks to start this year. Caron Butler has also been added to the roster and his level of experience will be important to this young group.
The Bucks will need help in the paint. Larry Sanders seems to be the resident big man on the team as he averaged 9.8 PPG and 9.5 RPG last year. The roster also lacks in the power forward position where John Henson and Ekpe Udoh both average less than seven points and five rebounds, which is unacceptable as a starting power forward in the NBA.
Last season the Bucks were among the best offensive units in the game as they were ranked 12th in points per game and 9th in assists. Their unit was also 5th in total rebounds per outing as well. Unfortunately, the catalysts behind those great numbers are no longer a part of the organization. While the management staff have brought in some effective players in Mayo, Neal, Butler and others – this unit will still fall short of making the post season for the second year in a row.
Expected Starting Roster with 2012-2013 Stats
Gary Neal, PG: 9.5 PPG, 1.9 APG
O.J. Mayo, SG: 15.3 PPG, 4.4 APG
Caron Butler, SF: 10.4 PPG, 2.9 APG
John Henson, PF: 6 PPG, 4.7 APG
Larry Sanders, C: 9.8 PPG, 9.5 RPG
Projected Season Outcome
11th in the Eastern Conference