In anticipation of the last leg of this too-long road trip, made possible by the installation of fancy newfangled gee-gaws and whiz-bangers at the World’s Most Famous, I asked friend-of-the-blog, Jeremy Schmidt of Bucksketball to provide this handy-dandy primer on the kids from Milwaukee.
1. There’s been a lot of chatter about Herb Kohl’s “win now/no rebuilding” demands and how it affected the Bucks’ offseason. What did you think of the moves they made? What was the best signing or trade/what was the worst?
It’s hard not to get swept up in Giannis fever right now, so I’ll say drafting him was the best move the Bucks made this offseason. Kohl certainly wants to contend, so it’s nice to see that John Hammond was able to operate under that mandate but also take a big swing for the fences too.
As far as trades and signings go, I’ll go with the Brandon Jennings for Brandon Knight trade. Jennings had to go and maybe Knight isn’t the answer at point guard, but the Bucks can take this season to see if he is or isn’t. Then they’ll be in position to either move forward with him or address the position in an upcoming point guard right (possibly) draft. That sounds a lot better than investing four more years into Brandon Jennings.
2. Who are the youngsters (Young Bucks, if you will) that we should keep an eye on. Feel free to wax poetic about Giannis.
Giannis will make you keep an eye on him at some point. He’ll do something that draws everyone’s attention at some point and a lot of things that will make you wonder what the fuss is all about the rest of the game. But that one moment, that’s what we’re living for in Milwaukee right now.
Other than that, John Henson has a swooping lefty hook that’s interesting and a healthy appetite for rebounds. Larry Sanders is known now, but he still blocks shots and gets agitated. Khris Middleton has been getting a lot of minutes at the three and four as a shooter/scorer type, so he might make some plays tonight.
3. When attempting to forecast the seedings in the Eastern Conference, most talk about a top four — Miami, Indiana, Chicago, and Brooklyn — then the Knicks, and then the remaining three playoff spots essentially being up for grabs for any team not located in Philadelphia, Boston, Orlando, or Charlotte. How do you feel about the Bucks’ chances? Where do you think they’ll finish this season?
Before the preseason started I thought the Bucks were a contender for that sixth spot in the East possibly. Now I think they’re a possible longer shot at the playoffs than anyone in Milwaukee realized. A lot is going to rest of Knight actually being a point guard that can create for his teammates and OJ Mayo being able to handle the number one scoring duties with success. Those are two shaky propositions.
The early season may be rough, but I’m still thinking they can sneak into the playoffs. The eight or nine spot have been home for the Bucks often over the past 10 years and I suspect they’ll find that home again this season.