The Milwaukee Bucks had the worst record in basketball last year. The Bucks were actually trying to be good last year but things fell apart real quick. The team was hit with injuries early and never recovered.
The Bucks swapped Brandon Jennings for Brandon Knight which was an upgrade. Knight had his best season averaging a career high 17 ppg and 4.9 apg. They were hoping to build around Larry Sanders, OJ Mayo and Knight. After having a decent 2012-13 season Larry Sanders was terrible this past year. He did battle injuries and only managed to play in 20 games but even before the injury he was playing poorly.
OJ Mayo came into camp out of shape and his numbers dropped across the board. After playing and starting in all 82 games for the Mavericks the previous season and averaging 15 points, Mayo only played in 52 games averaging 11 points per game. Another guy who had a bad season for the Bucks was Ersan Ilyasova. Ilyasova shot over 42% from three the past two seasons. Last year that number dipped to 28%. His rebounds per game have continued to drop and he only played in 55 games.
Aside from Knight, Khris Middleton and Giannis Anteokounmpo were standouts for the Bucks. Giannis did not put up big numbers but he had some good moments throughout the season. Middleton was the only Bucks player to play in all 82 games and was the third leading scorer.
The Bucks failed to win the lottery but they landed the number two spot and grabbed Jabari Parker from Duke. Parker will come in and score the basketball for this team. This team was at the bottom of the league in terms of ppg. Their defense was even worst but if Sanders is healthy I think they play better on that side of the ball.
I think Parker will be in the top 2 for rookie of the year because he will get a lot of opportunities in this system. He looked good playing next to Giannis in the summer league and that is a young duo to keep your eye on during the season.
The biggest surprise for the Bucks during the off-season was firing Larry Drew for Jason Kidd. Drew was not on the hot seat after such a terrible season. Jason Kidd made a power move in Brooklyn and then was granted permission to talk to the Bucks. The Bucks picked up Jason Kidd so quickly because he has ties to the front office.
Kidd as you know struggled in his first season with the Brooklyn Nets. He eventually turned it around and led the Nets to a second round playoff appearance. Maybe Kidd can make Brandon Knight a better point guard. Knight is good when scoring the basketball but needs to become a better playmaker for the team.
This team is still pretty bad. They added Jerryd Bayless, Kendall Marshall and Jared Dudley. If they are healthy watching Parker, Giannis and Sanders could be exciting. They will still be at the bottom of the league in terms of wins. The Eastern Conference has gotten much better so expect the Bucks to win 18-21 games.