Milwaukee Bucks' Young Front Line Is Scary Long

Grant Hughes@@gt_hughesNational NBA Featured ColumnistSeptember 30, 2013

It's ironic that the Milwaukee Bucks, seemingly content to run mile after mile on the eight-seed treadmill, have a front line whose massive wingspan could almost literally reach for the stars.

Check out the photo WISN-TV's Brady Headington tweeted of the Bucks' frontcourt trio:

The math can get fuzzy on these sorts of things, but based on the collected measurements from and, we're looking at a combined wingspan of just over 22 feet.

Skeptics would be correct to point out that the potential front line of Larry Sanders, John Henson and Giannis Adetokunbo would also easily rank as the slimmest trio in the league. But the sheer novelty and potential for quirky defensive schemes are just too exciting to ignore.

Imagine the Bucks dropping into the lankiest 2-3 zone in the history of organized basketball. Henson and Adetokunbo might struggle to recover fast enough to contest corner threes, but they'd really only need to get a step or two outside the lane before their monstrous wingspans would allow them to at least bother potential shooters.

Feb 19, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard MarShon Brooks (9) works the ball between Milwaukee Bucks forward Mike Dunleavy (17) and Milwaukee Bucks forward John Henson (31) and Milwaukee Bucks guard Beno Udrih (19) during the second quarter of a
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Sanders might already be the NBA's best interior shot-deterrer, so it hardly seems fair that the Bucks could trot out a pair of go-go Gadget forwards to help in his his quest to erase every field-goal attempt within 10 feet of the basket.

Milwaukee's young rookie might be a couple of years away from real NBA readiness, but let's hope that coach Larry Drew at least lets us see a few minutes per game of this trio.

Better yet, the Bucks should just go all in on length. MarShon Brooks has a 7'1" wingspan, a completely ridiculous figure for a 6'5" shooting guard. Maybe the Boston Celtics would be willing to part with him in order to facilitate the Bucks' construction of the longest lineup in history.

Failing that, perhaps Mr. Fantastic is available.