Hammond played a little Survivor of his own, kicking off all but six members from last year's roster. Entering the fold are guys like Richard Jefferson, Coach Scott Skiles, Joe Alexander, and Luke Ridnour. It's going to take a little while for this team to gel and find out how to play together, and the preseason indicated.
Are the Bucks are a better team than last year? Well, it would be hard not to be. But are they a playoff team? I think they can be, but it wouldn't be any higher than a 6 or 7 seed in the East. If I had to bet my life savings on it (the embarrassing amount that it is), I would probably bet against the Bucks making the playoffs. But they will definitely be a better team, and will definitely be more fun to watch.
Elsewhere in the blogosphere, The Bratwurst says we should expect something around 38 wins. Brewhoop says the Bucks will end the season with a 38-45 mark. Over at ESPN.com, only Ric Bucher has the Bucks making the playoffs.
But, of course, these are all predictions. Because until tomorrow night, every team is 0-0. Every team has a legitimate chance and making something happen and putting together a run in the playoffs. Except for maybe the Thunder.
Here's whats on tap for the Bucks this week, as they kick-start the 08-09 season:
Tues Oct 28th - 7:30pm - @ Chicago (FSN Wisconsin)
Wed Oct 29th - 7:00pm - @ Oklahoma City (FSN Wisconsin)
Sat Nov 1st - 7:30pm - vs. Toronto (FSN Wisconsin)
Sun Nov 2nd - 5:00pm - @ New York (NBA.tv)