It was a disappointing season for the Milwaukee Bucks last year.
They finished with a 31-35 record, missing out on the playoffs once again. Looking at their roster on paper, you have to wonder how it could have gone so bad. Unfortunately for them, injuries played a part (as they always do), and two of their Central Division foes were much better last season.
But this is a new season, and another year of playing together will surely help them turn things around.
The biggest challenge the Bucks face is improving their defense. They were fifth in the league in scoring a year ago, but just 22nd in points allowed. Their team assists per game ranked third in the league, which is a combination of great play in the backcourt, and familiarity among all of the players.
With young talent like Monta Ellis, Ersan Ilyasova and Brandon Jennings, the Bucks have some players who give coach Scott Skiles flexibility in certain situations.
Here are five situational lineups that Milwaukee can use this upcoming season.