Milwaukee Bucks: 2016 Preview, Offseason/Draft Recap, Outlook
Milwaukee Bucks 2016 NBA Season Preview
October 13, 2016
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Thie Milwaukee Bucks find themselves trying to improve on a disappointing 2015-16 campaign that saw the Bucks fall from the playoff picture into the lottery following a 33-49 12th place finish in the Eastern conference. Spirits were high when the Bucks stopped the Warriors historic winning streak, but everything seemed to go downhill from there, and only time will tell if the Bucks are back on the upswing.
Here is your 2016 Milwaukee Bucks preview.
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Key Additions: The Bucks added some much-needed grit and depth at the point guard position by acquiring Matthew Dellavedova from division rival Cleveland in exchange for the Bucks rights to international centre Albert Miralles. Milwaukee also managed to add Michael Beasley, acquiring him from the Miami Heat, sending seldom-used point guard Tyler Ennis the other way. The other key addition is in regards to a mainstay in the Bucks organization as Milwaukee re-signed star Giannis Antetokoumpo to a four-year, $100 millions contract extension. Antetokoumpo, aka the Greek Freak, has proven to have one of the most developed all-around skill sets in recent memory and is looking to bring out his inner Magic Johnson as he looks to be the 6’10” starting point guard for the Bucks on opening night.
Key Losses: The most notable, albeit not necessarily biggest losses, come in the form of a pair of guards in Jerryd Bayless who the Bucks deemed expendable and let walk and sign with the Philadelphia 76ers and guard Greivis Vazquez who signed with the Nets.
Breaking down the draft: The Bucks ended up receiving the 10th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, which was used to select forward/center Thon Maker from Orangeville Prep in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada, making him the first high-school player drafted since the 2005 CBA took effect. One has to wonder if Maker would’ve went higher in the draft, due to multiple teams pulling their interest amid reports that Maker may have been lying about his age, being 21-23 years old instead of 19 which was stated. Milwaukee used their second round pick to select guard Malcolm Brogdon out of Virginia. Brogdon left his senior season scoring 18.4 points for the Cavaliers, shooting 41% from 3-point range and 47% from the field.
Outlook: The future looks bright for the Bucks with the likes of Antetokoumpo, Brogdon, Maker and scoring guard Jabari Parker, however there will be another year of growing pains before anything comes to fruition. This team is full of good players, but Milwaukee is not a good team… yet.
Projected record: 38-44