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The Milwaukee Bucks look to improve from last year's mediocre 38-44 performance. Milwaukee's biggest challenge will be replacing last season's top scorers and point guards, Monta Ellis, who left as a free agent, and Brandon Jennings, who was traded to the Detroit Pistons. The Bucks find themselves in a tough Central Division, with an Indiana Pacers roster full of big men, and a solid Chicago Bulls lineup with superstar point guard, Derrick Rose, returning to action. It's a long road ahead for the Milwaukee Bucks if they wish to have a playoff contending team.
The Bucks' saving grace is last year's leading rebounder and shot blocker, center Larry Sanders. Sanders is not only returning to the team, but he is locked in for four more seasons. After last season's breakout campaign, Sanders must continue his stellar play at center. The Bucks are also counting on rookie point guard, Nate Wolters, to fill in the huge gaps left by the departures of Ellis and Jennings. Wolters is not the only new face on the team, as Brandon Knight, acquired from Detroit in the Jennings trade, will most likely start at point guard. Other new additions include sharpshooting guards O.J. Mayo and Gary Neal, who should help add points to the board. Milwaukee can also hope to expect contributions from the young, Turkish power forward, Ersan Ilyasova, who still has room for improvement. Ilyasova forms a strong young core with Sanders, Wolters, and Knight. The veteran presence of journeyman forward Caron Butler also adds leadership and scoring to this young team.
There is no guarantee that the Milwaukee Bucks will be a playoff contender this year, but Milwaukee's young players are sure to give them their best shot. The Milwaukee Bucks open their season in New York against the Knicks on October 30.
The Milwaukee Bucks began playing professional basketball in 1968. Most expected the team to struggle for a few years, as this is the standard for all new franchises. However, the club drafted Lew Alcindor in its second season and led the Bucks to the NBA Finals in his second season, giving the franchise its only championship to date. He and Oscar Robertson were an unstoppable pair and the club finished first in the Midwest Division in four consecutive seasons.
It took a while for the Bucks to regroup after Lew Alcindor changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and forced Milwaukee to trade him. By the 1980s the front office has assembled a roster built around Sidney Moncrief, Terry Cummings, Ricky Pierce, and Jack Sikma. This team won seven consecutive division titles playing Don Nelson’s brand of purely offensive basketball.
The 1990s were not nearly as good to the fans, but the team began playing winning basketball again after managing to put a roster together around Glen Robinson, Ray Allen, and Sam Cassell. At this trio’s best, they reached the conference finals. They could not take down the Philadelphia 76ers, which ultimately led to the end of the Robinson-Allen-Cassell era.
Milwaukee has been searching for its next superstar ever since. Michael Redd could not get the job done despite proving to be a great perimeter player. Andrew Bogut had been developing into a great big man, but constant injuries derailed his time in the Bucks uniform. Now it appears point guard Brandon Jennings is the first part of the next great era for the franchise. Jennings has been matched with Monta Ellis and it appears the Bucks have a backcourt that will soon rank among the very best in the NBA. All they need to do is figure out the front court and this team can go back to winning division titles.