ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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

Updated on May 2, 2024
Paul Kuehn profile image

Paul has been a Milwaukee Bucks basketball fan all of his life. 1970-1971 Paul saw Lew Alcindor aka Kareem Abdul Jabbar play in Milwaukee.

A Buck


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 article.

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 the point guard. Center Larry Sanders was injured most of the year, and shooting guard O.J. Mayo never played much due to illness and not being in good condition. Finally, there was discontent in coach Larry Drew's locker room leading to the trade of guard Gary Neal and the release of Caron Butler during mid-season. Milwaukee never played well together, there was no team chemistry, and the Bucks were not competitive at all during the season.

Bucks Moves during 2014-2015 Pre-season

The Milwaukee Bucks' moves during the pre-season 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 Marc 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.

Milwaukee Bucks Season Through November 13, 2014

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. The 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 in 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 is playing good defense and blocking shots as 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.

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.


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 the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. In the playoffs, the Bucks played the Chicago Bulls and lost the series 4-2.

Milwaukee Bucks Projected 2014-2015 Record

How many games will the Milwaukee Bucks win in the 2014-2015 regular season?

See results

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 Paul Richard Kuehn


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)