NBA Preview 2016-17: Milwaukee Bucks

The NBA season is right around the corner. That means it’s time to take a closer look at each individual NBA team and predict how they will do this season. So strap in….it’s the ULTIMATE SPORTS BLOG’S 2016-17 NBA PREVIEW!!!!

 

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Record Last 10 Seasons: 33-49 (2016), 41-41 (2015), 15-67 (2014), 38-44 (2013), 31-35 (2012), 35-47 (2011), 46-36 (2010), 34-48 (2009), 26-56 (2008), 28-54 (2007)

Last Playoff Series Appearance: 2015 First-Round vs. Chicago Bulls

Last Playoff Series Win: 2001 Conference Semifinals vs. Charlotte Hornets

Last NBA Finals Appearance: 1974 vs. Boston Celtics

NBA Championships Won: 1


Head Coach:

Brooklyn Nets

Jason Kidd

Overall Record: 118-128

Record With Team: 74-90

Playoff Record: 7-11


The Squad:

Starters:

PG: Matthew Dellavedova (7.5 PPG, 4.4 APG, 2.1 RPG, 11.31 PER)

SG: Khris Middleton (18.2 PPG, 4.2 APG, 3.8 RPG, 16.85 PER)

SF: Giannis Antetokounmpo (16.9 PPG, 4.3 APG, 7.7 RPG, 18.86 PER)

PF: Jabari Parker (14.1 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 0.4 BPG, 14.83 PER)

C: Greg Monroe (15.3 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 0.8 BPG, 21.87 PER)

Bench:

Michael Carter-Williams (PG), John Henson (C), Mirza Teletovic (PF), Rashad Vaughn (SG), Steve Novak (SF), Jason Terry (PG), Michael Beasley (PF), Miles Plumlee (C), Thon Maker (PF), Malcolm Brogdon (SG)


Team Leaders (last season):

Points Per Game: Khris Middleton (18.2)

Rebounds Per Game: Greg Monroe (8.8)

Steals Per Game: Khris Middleton (1.7)

Assists Per Game: Michael Carter-Williams (5.2)

Blocks Per Game: John Henson (1.9)

Turnovers Per Game: Michael Carter-Williams (2.8)


The Prediction:

42-40

There’s a little bit of hype in Milwaukee surrounding this Bucks team. Even though they were a bit of a disappointment last season, there are a ton of NBA experts who are expecting this team to get it turned around this season. Why? Because there is plenty of young talent to like on this roster. “The Greek Freak”, Jabari Parker, and Khris Middleton have blossomed into a fun little threesome. If they can continue to develop and grow alongside each other, this team should see some improvement this season as long as everyone stays healthy. I’m not a huge fan of Jason Kidd as an NBA coach, but I do think he can connect with these young guys and get them to take that next step in their games this season. If not, he could be in trouble this next off-season.

So, what should we honestly expect from this team this season? Personally, I think they will sneak into the playoffs and will likely be better than a lot of people think. There are rumors that the team is trying to trade Greg Monroe and if they can pull the trigger on a decent trade and get a defensive-minded, rim-protector….this could end up being a magical season in Milwaukee. Like I said earlier, there’s a lot of young talent to like on this team and if they continue to improve, this team should be pretty fun to watch this season. Consistency is one of the most underrated things in sports. The Bucks are in the process of building something nice here, there’s just a few things left to do…..

  1. Trade Greg Monroe.
  2. Bring in a rim-protector
  3. Make the playoffs
  4. Win a playoff series for the first time since 2001.

That shouldn’t be hard to pull off……should it?

Good luck Bucks! I have faith in you.

 

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