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2013 Milwaukee Bucks

Team Needs, Free Agents, Season Preview

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Milwaukee Bucks (Last Year: 38-44)

2012-13 Season Summary:
For the past decade, the Milwaukee Bucks have been skating by as an average NBA franchise. The team has remade itself several times during that span, but has failed to become anything more than a borderline playoff team and that was once again the case during the 2012-13 campaign

The backcourt of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis was erratic throughout most of the season; showing moments of offensive brilliance one night and then playing completely out of control the next evening. Though the team had some decent other pieces, it was ultimately the backcourt that would make or break each game with its shot selection and decision-making.

Perhaps the biggest development of this past season was the emergence of Larry Sanders as one of the top shot blockers in the league. The former VCU Ram was nothing more than a marginal role player his first two years in the NBA, but earned a starting spot and became the defensive presence in the middle who the Bucks were sorely lacking.

In a feeble attempt to make a playoff push, Milwaukee traded former first-round pick Tobias Harris to Orlando in exchange for sharpshooter J.J. Redick. While Redick played his role well off the bench, Harris played awesome for the Magic down the stretch. Redick will be a free agent this summer while Harris has plenty of room for growth, so that should likely be a deal which will haunt Milwaukee fans in the next couple of years if Harris continues that type of production moving forward.

2013-14 Projected Depth Chart:

C: Larry Sanders/Ekpe Udoh/Drew Gooden

PF: Ersan Ilyasova/John Henson/#Gustavo Ayon

SF: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute

SG: *Monta Ellis

PG: ^Brandon Jennings/Ish Smith

NBA Free Agents:

^PG-Brandon Jennings (RFA)

*G-Monta Ellis (PO)

#PF-Gustavo Ayon (TO)

SG-J.J. Redick (UFA)

SF-Mike Dunleavy (UFA)

C-Samuel Dalembert (UFA)

G/F-Marquis Daniels (UFA)

C-Joel Przybilla (UFA)

2013-14 Team Salary: Approximately $28.9 million

NBA Offseason Team Needs:

1. Changing of the Guard: With Brandon Jennings a restricted free agent this summer, the Bucks must make a decision on about his future with the organization. While he been a spark plug since arriving in Milwaukee, I am not sure he is worth a long-term extension that could pay him in excess of $10-million per year. If some team is willing to offer Jennings that sort of deal, the Bucks do have the option to match the contract and might be handcuffed into doing so rather than letting him walk and get nothing in return. Even if Jennings does return, the team should still look to add another backup guard.

Another decision must be made about Monta Ellis. He has a player option on the final year of his contract and will more than likely opt out and test the free agency waters. It is highly unlikely Milwaukee will be able to keep both guys (not that the organization should want to since that duo is not going to get the team out of mediocrity), and Ellis is the more likely of the two to leave town. Whatever the case, Milwaukee needs to have a Plan B at both positions.

2. Shooting Wing: With both J.J. Redick and Mike Dunleavy free agents, Milwaukee will likely lose its top two bench snipers. Assuming both guys find new homes this summer, the Bucks must find a perimeter scorer who can provide some offensive firepower off the bench and consistently knock down open shots.

3. Physical Big Man: With Larry Sanders, Ersan Ilyasova, John Henson, and Ekpe Udoh; Milwaukee has decent depth up front, but with Samuel Dalembert a free agent and Drew Gooden being nothing more than a benchwarmer, the Bucks don't have a true banger down low. Sanders and Henson are long and athletic while Ilyasova is a face-up four, so adding a big body to replace Dalembert will be an important free agency move to make.

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johnathan spencer 06-08-2014 03:01 pm (total posts: 1)
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I would like to see my milwaukee bucks draft in the second round demanded Kane and Isaiah Austin.
Della 01-02-2014 07:31 am (total posts: 1)
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Your post has lifetd the level of debate
Justus 01-02-2014 12:44 am (total posts: 1)
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Superior thinking detonsmrated above. Thanks!
DOT FOGET BOUT IGGAY! 06-18-2013 12:08 am (total posts: 1)
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Andre Igguadala is the coolest name in the NFL for real
brian 10-30-2012 12:23 am (total posts: 1)
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luc richard mbah a mounte coolest name in the nba
Sulamita 09-29-2012 10:05 am (total posts: 1)
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Come on, get it done!I have not watched the NBA since they left Vancouver. If they would be back, I would be back too.Miss going to the games a lot. NBA games were a lot more fan fdilnrey then the Canucks games but I would support both(and the Lions in summer/fall).
Tim Seward 06-29-2012 10:30 am (total posts: 1)
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100% agree. I was surprised by both picks. Where is Lamb going to get his shots with Jennings and Ellis not passing the ball. Henson will not see the court and will flame out or be D-League fodder.
chow 08-22-2011 03:49 pm (total posts: 1)
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yeah I think that trade was a pretty big joke, I mean this past year was a total let down. They didnt lose any players from the year before and they do this much worse?? Hopefully harris can perform like they person they think he will be.
Lainey 07-05-2011 07:46 am (total posts: 1)
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None can doubt the veracity of this aritlce.
Bucks guru 07-04-2011 08:03 pm (total posts: 1)
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I have been a bucks fan my whole life and this off season is trash. We get Jackson who can't get along with anybody. Jacks up a shot every time he touchs the ball and can't play defense. We get offen injured Shaun Livingston and Crap over paid Beno Udrih. The draft meh.. Not much flash or sizzle to it.

For the Bucks to be a playoff team a few things need to happen. Bogut needs to return to form he was not 100% last year. Jennings needs to make a major jump up. Sanders needs to become a Dwight howard type of defenseive player. Last but not least Jackson needs to get his acted togather stop acting like a frickin pannsy and play like a real player.
BJ 06-28-2011 10:30 am (total posts: 2)
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plus Leuer will benefit from teams doubling other guys and ball rotation kicking it to him for open jump shots.
TD Buck 06-25-2011 11:08 pm (total posts: 2)
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Leuer averaged 18 points on a team that only scored 62 per game. He will help early on both ends of the floor-
TD Bucks 06-25-2011 11:04 pm (total posts: 2)
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Tobias Harris is going to be a pleasant surprise.
Tobias Harris:
With his team and coach falling apart, he had a terrific March=really peaked-he has huge upside as he should grow taller, get stronger, and improve his coordination-Harris is a cross between Bob Dandrige, Marcus Johnson, and Paul Pressey.

Jon Leuer was suppressed in Bo's offense and should really bloom in the NBA where they don't play defense as strong as the Big Ten-no weak side help.
mprofetta 06-24-2011 08:33 pm (total posts: 1)
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Scott Skiles stresses defense...Jimmer would have been a bad fit.
David Kay 06-24-2011 05:13 pm (total posts: 1)
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Keeping Jimmer was never even an option... that pick was going to the Kings regardless of who was on board...

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