How Will The Milwaukee Bucks Do in The 2014-2015 NBA Season?

The Milwaukee Bucks

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Cautious Optimism for the Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks 2014-2015 season is being approached by most Bucks fans and me with cautious optimism. Following a horrendous 2013-2014 season in which everything bad happened, Milwaukee finished last in the NBA with a 15-67 record. There is only one way for the Bucks to go this season which I will examine in this hub.

The Nightmarish 2013-2014 Season

The 2013-2014 season was a nightmare for the Milwaukee Bucks and its fans beginning with the pre-season and continuing throughout the rest of the year. A few starters including point guard Brandon Knight were injured during the pre-season, resulting in rookie Nate Wolters opening the season as point guard. Center Larry Sanders was injured throughout most of the year, and shooting guard O.J. Mayo never played much due to illness and not being in condition. Finally, there was discontent in coach Larry Drew's locker room leading to the trade of guard Gary Neal and release of Caron Butler during mid-season. Milwaukee never played well together, there was no team chemistry, and the Bucks were really not competitive at all during the season.

Coach Jason Kidd

Coach Jason Kidd while with the Brooklyn Nets.
Coach Jason Kidd while with the Brooklyn Nets. | Source

Bucks Moves during 2014-2015 Pre-season

The Milwaukee Bucks moves during the pre-season actually began a few weeks before the end of the 2013-2014 season. At that time, Bucks owner Senator Kohl sold the team to Wesley Edens and March Lasry, New York investment bankers. This action was very significant for Milwaukee for two reasons: one, the owners decided to fund and find investors for a new playing arena for the Bucks; and two, Edens and Lasry hired head coach Jason Kidd away from the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for two second round draft picks.

The next Milwaukee move was to draft forward Jabari Parker out of Duke University as the second player taken in the 2014 NBA draft.

Finally, the Bucks signed forward-guard Jared Dudley, and guards Jerryd Bayless and Kendall Marshall to provide veteran leadership for a very young Milwaukee team.

Jabari Parker

Jabari Parker as a Duke basketball player.
Jabari Parker as a Duke basketball player. | Source

Giannis Antetokounmpo

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Milwaukee Bucks Season Through November 13

Through November 13 and its first eight games, Milwaukee sits with a 4-4 record. Although the Bucks schedule hasn't been that difficult, Milwaukee has played all of its opponents tough and even knocked off a previously undefeated Memphis Grizzlies team. The Bucks have played fairly well during their early games for the following reasons:

1. Better Team Defense

Coach Kidd has been preaching team defense to his players, and Milwaukee has been using it to win games. In its last two games, the Bucks held Memphis and Oklahoma City to shooting percentages of 35 percent and 33 percent respectively. Through eight games, Milwaukee is also giving up only 92.6 points per game.

2. Bench is Contributing Greatly

The Bucks appear to have 11-12 players with energy and ability who are willing to trust each other. In games where the starting five get off to bad starts, the second team led by O.J. Mayo and Giannis Antetokounmpo come in and give Milwaukee a lift and turn a game around to the Bucks favor.

3. Larry Sanders and O.J. Mayo Are Playing Better

During the previous season, center Larry Sanders and guard O.J. Mayo contributed very little to the Bucks team due to injuries and various personal reasons. This season, Sanders in playing good defense and blocking shots like he did two years ago, and Mayo has given Milwaukee scoring off of the bench.

4. Free from Injuries

Finally, none of the Bucks have suffered injuries so far which have kept them from playing every night.

Milwaukee Bucks Projected 2014-2015 Record

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Highlites 12/29/2014

Milwaukee Bucks vs Atlanta Hawks 12-2014

How Will the Bucks Do This 2014-2015 Season?

With guarded optimism, I feel the Milwaukee Bucks will do a lot better than last season and surprise many people. Barring injuries and discord among the players, I expect the following to happen in the Bucks 2014-2015 season:

1. Further Development of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker

Giannis and Parker are two young future stars of the Milwaukee Bucks. Giannis or "The Greek Freak" is in his second year and proving to be a valuable player off of coach Kidd's bench. Giannis can play a lot of positions, can rebound and defend, and is presently averaging more than 10 points and 8 rebounds per game. Parker is not doing as well as Giannis, but he is learning in his first year as both a small and power forward, and will give the Bucks increased scoring on the front line.

2. Bucks Defense Will Be Better than Last Year.

As a player, Jason Kidd was a top notch defender, and he will demand that all of his players play good defense or not play in a game.

3. Milwaukee Will Win 30-40 Games.

If Milwaukee surprises a lot of teams with its hustle and good defense, the Bucks could win between 30 and 40 games this year. The Milwaukee Bucks, however, will probably miss making the playoffs due to their inexperience and inability to win big games especially on the road.

Summary

I think the Milwaukee Bucks will be very interesting to watch and follow this season. As long as the Bucks continue to play good defense with a lot of energy and trust each other on both offense and defense, the stench of last year will be wiped away and Milwaukee will be on its way to becoming one of the better teams in the NBA. It is now June 3, 2015, and the Bucks finished the regular season with a 41-41. This was good enough to make the playoffs and earn a sixth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. In the playoffs the Bucks played the Chicago Bulls and lost the series 4-2.

© 2014 Paul Richard Kuehn

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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Paul....Hello! I haven't seen you around in so long! My knowledge of Pro BB and players would fit in a thimble. However, I really appreciate this information.

Now, I can surprise my 9 yr-old grandson who LOVES BB, every team, player & spec. He has his entire life and "successful" NBA career worked out. He talks continually about this and so far, I've been faking my responses. I'll shock him and whip out some "names" from the Milwaukee Bucks and watch him smile!.....Hope you are well, Paul

Peace, Paula.....UP++pinned & tweeted


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PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

Hi Paul,

It is great to see you back on HubPages---it has been a while. All my nephews are football crazy. My thoughts about football is give each team a ball to play with and then, and lets go shopping.

Have a great day.

Bobbi Purvis


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Paul Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Thanks for the great comment, Paula! I probably spent too much time away from Hubpages in trying to chase the quick easy money on Bubblews. It is hard earning and getting paid on that site now. I have a lot of catching up to do here, so you should see me around often now. I am very well, now. I also hope you are in good health.


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Paul Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

It's great to know that you and others welcome me back to Hubpages. I have been gone way to long and hope to get caught up with a lot of my followers.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Paul......Wait a minute! You left us for a while? Who gave you permission to do that? LOL....No wonder I haven't seen you in forever. I thought it was my lack of paying attention.

Now that you're back, please stay. I don't like to lose track of any friends around here!.......Peace, Paula


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Paul Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Paula, I will be back now for a long time as I try to build my neglected hubbing up again. Thanks for the great comments!

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