Milwaukee Bucks Midseason Report

Bucks' Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo Drive Toward the HoopThe Bucks find themselves with a pretty good shot at the playoffs this season. The buzz isn’t because they haven’t made a trip to the postseason in a while, because they’ve been there as recently as the ’12-’13 season.

It’s the regular season record they’re posting to get there that’s getting some attention.

The Milwaukee Bucks have not lost fewer than 40 games in a full 82-game season since the 2009-2010 season, when they finished 46-36 and locked up second place in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division. The Bucks earned a playoff spot as the 6th seed in the East that year. Milwaukee qualified for the post season again during the 2012-2013 season, finishing 38-44 and earning the 8th seed. The Bucks had the fewest wins of any playoff team that year, and were eventually swept by the Miami Heat in the first round, 4-0. This year the Bucks find themselves on the upside of .500, sitting in third place in the Central Division with a 31-24 record.

The Bucks’ roster consists of a solid mix of old and new, combining the up-and-coming talent of younger players with that of seasoned veterans.  Giannis Antetokounmpo, Forward, is among Milwaukee’s younger players, only in his 2nd season, and has certainly been solid so far this season. Milwaukee’s former leader offensively was Guard Brandon Knight, traded last week to the Phoenix Suns. The deal included three teams and sent the injured Michael Carter-Williams from the Philadelphia 76ers to fill the Point Guard void left by Knight.

The Bucks’ remaining schedule moving deeper into the second half of the season favors a Milwaukee playoff push, slating the Bucks to play the 5th easiest schedule of all 30 NBA teams. It will certainly be interesting to see if the Bucks can hold on down the stretch to their spot in the postseason, and to their winning record. Currently the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference, the Bucks are playing well enough to fend off the likes of the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets, who currently sit at the 7th and 8th seeds respectively. Milwaukee is currently 7.5 games ahead of the Heat and 8 games ahead of the Nets.

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