If one thing was apparent after the Bucks completed their offseason overhaul, it was that they now had plenty of depth on the roster.
After a week of training camp, that notion seems to be confirmed.
According to Gardner, on Thursday the second-unit team of Gary Neal, Luke Ridnour, John Henson, Ekpe Udoh and Giannis Antetokounmpo took control of a scrimmage against the first team and won rather easily:
The second team dominated a scrimmage against the first team as the Bucks completed a 3-hour plus practice session at the Cousins Center.
Guards Luke Ridnour and Gary Neal spearheaded the second unit which claimed a 40-29 victory.
"It was one of those things where we got off to a good start," said forward John Henson. "I told Luke after practice, I was like, 'He can play, man.' He runs the show like a vet like him should. That's really what got us going, man.
"Him and Gary, and me and Ep (Ekpe Udoh) always play well together. It was a good day for us."
The Bucks second squad was composed of Neal, Ridnour, Henson, Udoh and rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo. They went against a first team comprised of guards Brandon Knight and O.J. Mayo, forwards Caron Butler and Ersan Ilyasova and center Larry Sanders.
Knight had a steal and a dunk late in the scrimmage as the first team tried to come back, but it fell too far behind.
Excessively praising the second team for their efforts or critiquing the first because of their struggles would be reading too much into the scrimmage.
However, the victory for the second unit should certainly boost their confidence and continue to give them motivation as the preseason progresses.
The Bucks lack a superstar but possess a wealth of quality players, resulting in excellent depth.
Is that enough to offset for not having one go-to player? We'll see.
Having depth is never a bad thing, though, and if the bench can continuing demonstrating quality play throughout the preseason and into the regular season, it will immensely increase the chances of Milwaukee being a playoff team in 2013-14.