2010 NBA Off-Season Grade: Milwaukee Bucks

Brennan NettContributor IAugust 14, 2010

MILWAUKEE - APRIL 26: Head coach Scott Skiles of the Milwaukee Bucks watches as his team takes on the Atlanta Hawks in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at the Bradley Center on April 26, 2010 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Bucks defeated the Hawks 111-104. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Now that the big names have been signed to new contracts, teams have re-built, re-loaded or stood ground, the grading of the 2010 NBA Off-season can be dished out. One team that has made huge strides towards becoming a championship contender have been the Milwaukee Bucks. 

A team that went 46-36 a year ago looks to be a big player in the Eastern Conference next season. 

Key additions to the roster are eleven-year veteran swingman Corey Maggette, eight-year power forward Drew Gooden, two-year guard Chris Douglas-Roberts, one-year forward Jon Brockman and back-up point guard and ten-year veteran Keyon Dooling. All added via free agency or trades.

General Manager John Hammond has also been very busy in re-signing the eight-year veteran out of Miami John Salmons to a new contract. Salmons, a trade deadline masterpiece from a year ago, was re-signed to a five-year deal worth upwards of forty-million dollars.

The Milwaukee Bucks and GM John Hammond also had a very good draft adding young power forward Larry Sanders from VCU in the first round and in the second round 6'7" forward Darington Hobson from New Mexico and 6'9" forward Tiny Gallon from Oklahoma.

Adding these players to an already up and coming roster that bolsters point guard Brandon Jennings coming off a stellar rookie season, often injured center Andrew Bogut, who is a top five center in the league when healthy and numerous key role players will put the Bucks in the upper half of the Eastern Conference for years to come. 

Overall, the Milwaukee Bucks off-season has been very successful, grading out to be an A- because of the acquisitions of Maggette, Gooden and the other highly successful role players added by John Hammond that will make an already exciting Bucks team even more explosive.