Milwaukee Bucks 2017 NBA Preview, Draft, Offseason Recap, Depth Chart, Outlook
Milwaukee Bucks 2017 Preview
NBA Title Odds: +6600 See the Latest Odds
The Milwaukee Bucks have made the playoffs in two of their three seasons under coach Jason Kidd and their 42 victories last season were the most since 2009-10. The Bucks are often considered the team of the future, but with consistent success over the years, Milwaukee has to be thinking about making some noise in the East this season. The Bucks seem to be an x-factor in a wide open conference.
Here is your Milwaukee Bucks 2017 NBA preview.
USA TODAY Sports
Key Player Losses: After shooting an impressive 53.2 percent from the field and being solid in 56 games off the bench Michael Beasley, is likely going to end up somewhere else and received a nice offer to play in China. Beasley was a decent option off the Bucks bench last season. Soon to be 40-year-old Jason Terry may or may not be back with the Bucks, as he’s received offers from other teams and is still capable of providing a spark off the bench.
Key Player Additions: None.
Draft: Sterling Brown is a versatile player who can play shooting guard or small forward and is solid defensively with an improved jump shot. Brown is somebody who could develop into a solid role player due to his offense and defense combination. D.J. Wilson has elite size for the power forward position at 6’10” and is a reliable shooter from the outside. Wilson needs to get stronger in order to defend in the post, but his overall tools suggest he has an NBA future and could contribute as early as his rookie season.
Outlook: The Milwaukee Bucks return pretty much the exact team from a year ago and Giannis Antetokounmpo is getting better each season, which is scary for the rest of the East. The Bucks were already one of the top defensive teams in the league, but their offense has improved with the help of point guard Malcolm Brogdon, making them a more balanced squad. Milwaukee isn’t flashy but plays hard and is as solid as they come. The x-factor for this team is the return of Jabari Parker, who is expected to return from an ACL injury around February. Either way, the Bucks give themselves a chance to win nightly due to their length and defense, and they’ll take steps forward as long as the offense comes along as well. The Bucks easily make the playoffs yet again and aren’t going to be an easy out regardless of the matchups.