Win or lose this season, the Milwaukee Bucks are going to be a very entertaining team.
There are a few reasons for this but the main reason is their dynamic backcourt. The combination of Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings was a lot of fun to watch down the stretch last season. During the final month of the season they each averaged over 20 points per game.
Milwaukee averaged 99 points a game last season, which ranked fifth in the league. Having Ellis for a whole season should only improve that.
To go along with the backcourt's 40 points per game, they also combined for 11 assists and three steals. Their ability to steal the ball combined with their speed could lead to some Sportscenter Top Plays.
Another player that will be exciting to watch is Ersan Ilyasova. The fourth-year forward had a career season last year and showed the potential to average a double-double each game.
After earning the starting job in mid-February, he averaged around 15 points and 10 rebounds. If he can keep that up for a whole season, the Bucks may have their best trio since Ray Allen, Sam Cassell and Glenn Robinson were in town.
With those three carrying the load offensively it will be up to coach Scott Skiles to improve the 22nd rankled defense. The addition of Samuel Dalembert and the return of Joel Przybilla should help that as well.
While Andrew Bogut was a defensive force when healthy, it was becoming hard to rely on him. Dalembert, Przybilla and Larry Sanders will give Skiles a three-headed monster to guard the lane.
Put all of these things together with a solid bench, led by Drew Gooden and Mike Dunleavy, and you have the making of a playoff team. Also don't forget about rookies John Henson and Deron Lamb who could push some veterans for playing time as the season goes on.
One thing is for sure, regardless of who is on the court, a winning team is always more entertaining to watch than a losing one.
However, even if it all falls apart and they do lose, they will still be interesting to watch. The Bucks have several expiring contracts and several other relatively cheap players that other teams would be interested in.
Like I said in the beginning, win or lose this will be a very entertaining team to watch this upcoming season.
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