There are bad NBA teams. There are teams that simply can't compete night in and night out. There are horror shows on hardwood.
And then there are the Milwaukee Bucks.
At 8-39 entering play Monday, no team is within four games of the Bucks for the league's worst record. According to ESPN, they're second-to-last in attendance, averaging 13,665 fans per home game. By percentage, they're third-worst, filling just 73 percent of the arena.
It's clear the on-court product isn't very marketable, but the team may have come up a plan to fill some seats before the year is out. Or at least it's trying (via Chris Herring, h/t FTW).
Bucks just announced over the PA that kids get into Bucks' games for free for the rest of the month. Wow.— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) February 4, 2014
Hear that, kids? Seek shelter from the Milwaukee winter and pack into the warm BMO Harris Bradley Center. You may have to watch the Bucks play basketball, which isn't ideal, but it's free!
With headliners like Caron Butler, O.J. Mayo, Brandon Knight and Khris Middleton, it's hard to blame fans for not showing out this season. The team has mercifully moved on from the former faces of the franchise, Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, and is in the midst of a pretty painful rebuilding stage, banking on a top lottery pick this summer.
Last year's promise that was found in center Larry Sanders has all but vanished after the 25-year-old received a lucrative extension over the offseason. Sanders has played in just 20 games this year, averaging seven points and seven boards.
Guard Luke Ridnour is in his second stint with the team, and he's noticed a clear drop-off in city buzz, according to the Journal Sentinel.
"Even around the city, you'd go to dinner and places like that and everyone was really excited about what was going on," he said. "This year it's a little bit different.
"It's tough. When you go into any game, you can't worry about the circumstances or the situation. You just have to go and compete. I think fans here, from what I've seen and felt, if you play hard, they respect that and it goes a long way."
On the bright side, they do have 19-year-old lanky swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo, who has really large hands. Other than that, though... Yeah, there's always the draft to look forward to.