NBA 2011-12: Will the Milwaukee Bucks Make the Playoffs in the East?

Mark EvansCorrespondent IIIAugust 15, 2011

ATLANTA - MAY 2:  Guard Brandon Jennings #3 of the Milwaukee Bucks dribbles past center Zaza Pachulia #27 of the Atlanta Hawks during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 2, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Hawks beat the Bucks 95-74.  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 Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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After a nice season in 2009-10, many expected big things out of the Milwaukee Bucks this past season. The Bucks stumbled to a 35-47 record and missed out on the playoffs to the disappointment of many.

Andrew Bogut is one of the league's best centers on both ends of the floor. Brandon Jennings certainly has potential, but still has to prove that he can be an efficient scorer while still managing the offense as the point guard.

Stephen Jackson seems to be the type of player the Bucks have been missing over the past few years. Say what you may, but Jackson is a fearless player who will go toe-to-toe with anyone. His competitiveness will rub off on the rest of the young players and hopefully make the team better. Expect Jackson to do great things for this young squad.

So will the Bucks make the playoffs this year?

Yes. I believe so.

Like I said, they certainly had a difficult season and were disappointed themselves. But I have to believe that they will be one of the top eight teams in the Eastern Conference. And let's face it, you don't have to be a great team to make the playoffs in the East. The Pacers made it this year. The Pacers.

This team's success will also depend on the performances of a number of different role players.

Will Carlos Delfino be able to produce enough to support Bogut, Jackson and Jennings? The same can be said with Mbah a Moute and other players that will end up on the roster whenever the lockout is ended.

I wouldn't hold my breathe on the Bucks hosting a first-round playoff series. Expect the Bulls, Heat and Celtics to be ahead of them. It's reasonable to think that they may only be a step behind teams like the Magic, Hawks and Knicks.

So, Milwaukee fans, you have something to look forward to this season. Go out and support your team, they could actually be pretty good.

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