Kyle Curry – The Bucks are going to miss the playoffs this year. Injuries are always devastating to a team and that’s especially true for them. They are already in a tough division now that Chicago seems to be back to its ways with a healthy Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler playing very consistently. The division is something they won’t be able to win unless the Bucks become healthy. They’ll be watching the playoffs from their own homes this year and for one big reason — the Bucks cannot win on the road. Charlotte is 4-6 and Orlando is 6-7 on the road respectively. The Bucks have won only two out of 14 games on the road this season. If the Bucks can’t win on the road or be close to a .500 record, they have no chance.
Jr. Williams – The Bucks have surprisingly gotten off to a slow start and appear to have some serious issues to address on the roster. Jabari Parker is still getting his legs back, but only playing about 25 minutes per game (expect this to increasing barring he can stay healthy) while Michael Carter-Williams has been demoted to a bench role after not living up to the expectations of second year head Coach Jason Kidd. The Bucks are just playing awful basketball, and something has to change quickly, so don’t be surprised if Michael Carter-Williams or Khris Middleton end up on the trade block. The only way this team can turn their lackluster season around is by shaking up the roster and ushering in some veteran leadership. So, to answer the question, yes the Bucks will make the postseason this year, but only if their current roster is improved at the PG and SG positions. As a player and coach in the league, Jason Kidd has a long track record of making the postseason. Could this be the year that his success hits a brick wall?
Ben Buchanan – The Bucks have been one of the most up and down teams this season, they go from knocking off the 24-0 Warriors to losing to the 4-21 Lakers. At 10-17 the Bucks have been a huge disappointment this season. There’s no denying they have the talent, with young players like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, Greg Monroe, Khris Middleton, MCW, and John Henson. So why have they been under preforming?
In my opinion it comes down to three issues, lack of team chemistry, lack of outside shooting, and bench scoring. Team chemistry really just comes down to the players not knowing each other well enough, this would make sense as the Bucks were very active in the off-season and essentially have two new starters from the end of last year (Parker – injured, Monroe – FA). Outside shooting is key, Antetokounmpo is only shooting 27 percent from the 3-point line, Parker has only taken three 3-point-shots all year, and MCW has only made 5. If the Bucks want to pick up their play they’ll have to improve their shooting from distance.
Lastly, the Bucks are missing scoring from the bench, apart from O.J. Mayo, they’re missing a prominent scoring threat not in their starting five. In my opinion these flaws are far too much for the Bucks to overcome, and I can’t see them making the playoff this year. In the long scheme, they may have a chance to be great, but they’ve got to clean up their act, something I don’t see them doing by the end of this season. Ben Buchanan –