NBA Podcast: 2013-14 Milwaukee Bucks Season Preview

Joel C. CordesNBA Associate EditorSeptember 17, 2013

Larry Sanders has a high ceiling, but can he raise the Milwaukee Bucks that far?
Larry Sanders has a high ceiling, but can he raise the Milwaukee Bucks that far?USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks' roster is certainly different for 2013-14, but does that mean it's any better than before?

With a seemingly never-ending mandate to "just stay competitive," the Bucks were active throughout the summer. Trading Brandon Jennings for Brandon Knight and ostensibly swapping Monta Ellis with O.J. Mayo via free agency will certainly cut down on the attitude headaches. Yet, how much upside does either player have left?

Larry Sanders and John Henson appear to have bright futures, and one might eventually add rookie tongue-twister Giannis Antetokounmpo to that mix, but the roster still feels devoid of stars. Why then did they round out the crew with "luxury items" (i.e. minute sappers) like Carlos Delfino, Caron Butler, Zaza Pachulia and Gary Neal?

The Bucks may actually be more competitive this year with Larry Drew at the helm, but they will probably matter even less in a much-tougher-than-recently Eastern Conference.

NBA Featured Columnist Dan Favale joins assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes for the latest episode of Basketball by Association.

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We look at the best and the worst of the Bucks' offseason along with the biggest questions heading into 2014. We'll also detail Milwaukee's keys to a successful year while predicting its final position in the standings.


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