The Bucks sneaked into the playoffs in a weak Eastern Conference last year, but watch for them to make significant strides this year.
The Bucks return a core of good, young and exciting players.
Headlining that group is Giannis Antetokounmpo, otherwise known as “The Greek Freak.”
The 6 foot 11 inch hybrid forward averaged 12.7 points per game, along with 6.7 rebounds per game.
Khris Middleton also was a heavy contributor to last year’s team, averaging 13.4 points per game.
Milwaukee recognized that Middleton was an up and coming player, and signed him to a five-year, $70 million dollar contract.
Michael Carter-Williams came over to the Bucks during the trade deadline last year, and averaged 14.6 points per game.
Arguably though, the player with the most hype in Milwaukee is second year forward Jabari Parker.
Parker missed most of his rookie season with a torn ACL, but he is ready to go and contribute this year.
Milwaukee made the playoffs without him last year, and imagine what they can do with a player of his caliber in the lineup every night.
Before his injury early last year, the second overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft was averaging 12.3 points per game, and shooting 49 percent from behind the three-point line.
John Henson will be the man in the middle for the Bucks, and that’s really exciting.
Henson is a powerful forward who hasn’t found his scoring touch quite yet, but is a rebounding machine.
Combine him with Miles Plumlee, another young center who came over during the trade deadline last year, and you have a promising duo at forward for the foreseeable future.
Star center Greg Monroe was signed in free agency this season, and that is a huge deal for many reasons.
First, Monroe is a legitimate star NBA center who will finally give the Bucks a power threat at center.
Second, the signing finally means that Milwaukee is a free agent destination after many years of obscurity.
While the young players and stars may lead the team in scoring, you can’t discount the veteran leadership each team relies so much on.
Lucky for Milwaukee, they have a decent core of veteran players to help guide the young guys.
Guards O.J. Mayo and Jerryd Bayless headline that veteran group.
These two players will not only have the task of keeping the ship steady throughout the course of the year, but also be a mentor to Carter-Williams especially.
Milwaukee is finally assembling the pieces to become a threat in the weak Eastern Conference.
Look for them to finish in the top five in the Eastern Conference this year.