Bucks Pre-Season has mixed review
The Milwaukee Bucks have had a preseason of mixed results. The Win-Loss column would suggest that they have had a poor showing, but the record does not always reflect what the preseason is all about. New players, injuries, and new coaching schemes force players into roles they would not usually take, and the Bucks have clearly seen these things affect them in the preseason.
The Bucks have a ton of new talent, and Andrew Bogut was not able to play until late in the preseason, so the team is still learning to play together. Coach Scott Skiles has also adjusted his offense a bit, although his disciplined ways will most likely take shape again once the regular season starts. Brandon Jennings is also dealing with higher expectations than last year, and the preseason has showed that he can handle more of a pass first point guard role and not have to be the scorer he was with the team last year due to the lack of firepower. Newly acquired Drew Gooden has had a great preseason, and seems like he will fit well with what Skiles is trying to do with the team, both offensively and defensively. He will also provide a legitimate threat opposite Bogut down-low, something the Bucks have sorely been lacking for a long time now.
Chris Douglas-Roberts has also provided some quality play during the preseason, and his passing and scoring abilities make him seem like a steal for the 2nd round pick that was sacrificed to acquire him. The Bucks also have had trouble getting to the free throw line, so the deal for Corey Maggette will pay obvious dividends for the team. Maggette has been injured for most of the preseason, but the one game in which he played he was able to get to the free throw line twenty times.
The Bucks as a team have had trouble getting to that amount, so Maggette brings an element to the table in which the Bucks were sorely lacking. The new faces on the Bucks account for three of the top five scorers on the team in the preseason, and for a team that didn’t lose much from last season’s successful year, that shows a lot of promise.
The preseason has made it very clear that once this young Bucks team starts to gain some chemistry with the new veteran acquisitions, they will be a force to be reckoned with. Defensively they have not lost a step from last years team, and offensively they are infinitely better with the new acquisitions and the return of Andrew Bogut from the horrific injury he suffered against the Phoenix Suns last season. The season starts on the 27th at New Orleans, and the Bucks should once again provide fans with an exhilarating and exciting season for fans.