With the Milwaukee Bucks mired in a 5-20 start to the 2013-2014 season, there isn’t much to root for. The Bucks need to change up the roster in order to become more competitive in a miserably weak Eastern Conference. The Bucks have the worst record in the league right now and it shows on the court. I don’t want to keep kicking the Bucks while they’re on the ground but I just want to establish the fact they are young and awful.
They have been hit by the injury bug and unfortunate timing, when they faced the New York Knicks on Dec. 18 they only had nine players available for the game with O.J. Mayo being a last minute scratch with a personal matter.
With the Larry Sanders requiring surgery on his thumb at a few weeks into the season and Zaza Pachulia injured with a fractured foot, the Bucks have been struggling with rebounding since. They currently rank second to last in the NBA in rebounding.
The Bucks do in fact have a core and a potential bright future ahead of them if they play their cards right. They need to stick with Larry Sanders, a rapidly improving John Henson, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brandon Knight, O.J. Mayo, Khris Middleton and Nate Wolters.
The Bucks have two major weaknesses right now with scoring and rebounding. The troubles the Bucks are having with rebounding might be fixed once they have their top two centers healthy again and have them crash the boards.
Scoring has been a problem the Bucks have been trying to fix for a long time. When the Bucks signed Mayo this summer from the Dallas Mavericks, they thought he was going to bring in the scoring threat they needed. Even though he has been leading the team in scoring, 13.9 points isn’t impressive considering all of the minutes he is playing.
The Bucks have two choices to make, either keep losing games and try to improve their odds of landing a franchise player with the number one pick. The 2014 draft is supposed to be loaded with talent and if the Bucks are in the right place they may be able to draft the likes of Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins or Julius Randle.
The second option is to try to make an in-season trade and try to sneak into the eighth seed like many expected. The Bucks have a few players they could try to trade before the Feb. 20 trade deadline.
One player that could use a change of scenery is Ersan Ilyasova. The forward has been struggling this season with injuries and consistency scoring as well. With the emergence of John Henson the Bucks can try to swing a trade with a team in need of forward to give both parties a fresh start.
Caron Butler could be included in a trade with his eight million dollar expiring contract; he could help the Bucks be a facilitator in a large trade as well.
I think the Bucks should stick with their current squad, try to land the number one draft pick and draft a franchise player to give the fans a core that could contend in three seasons. With Henson, Sanders and the Greek Freak, the Bucks could turn around in a miserable conference in a hurry.