The middling Milwaukee Bucks definitely didn't backslide this offseason, but is a side or baby step enough in an Eastern Conference that's already surging forward?
In this episode of "Basketball by Association," NBA Lead Writer Josh Martin joins assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes to break down all the key roster losses and additions, discuss the biggest storylines to watch and set realistic expectations for the Bucks.
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Head coach Scott Skiles has routinely gotten this under-talented team to overachieve. They've been "in the hunt" every year of his tenure, but how much longer can he last if they miss the playoffs yet again?
Monta Ellis, Brandon Jennings, Ersan Ilyasova and even John Henson are all intriguing pieces, and the rest of the roster is actually pretty deep.
However, how do all of the parts fit? What's the building plan for the future? Is it good enough simply to be perpetually in the middle of the pack?
What's a realistic regular-season win total for the Bucks?
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