After the Bucks win on Saturday night over Golden State the team is now back to .500 on the season, 5-5. They have a big game against the Lakers on Tuesday that should be a good measuring stick for where they are at.
Today I was looking around some power ratings and the Bucks are on the move up after a very good week, 3-0.
ESPN Power Ratings
The Ratings on ESPN, by Marc Stein, have the Bucks up to 13, from 19. I do not have a problem with this spot, feels about right. By the way, the Celtics and Hornets are 1/2 and those two teams comprise three of the Bucks five losses. Portland is number 11, and the loss we would like to forget, at Minnesota, the Wolves are 27.
Are the Bucks “fixed?” It’s premature to go that far, even after a tidy 3-0 week, but the numbers do tell us that Skiles somehow has them at No. 2 in defensive efficiency, allowing just 95.4 points every 100 possessions
John Hollinger’s rankings use a more mathematical approach and take emotion out of the equation. Here the Bucks come in at 8th with New Orleans at 1, Boston at 3.
Depending on the website, the Bucks are either #2 or #3 in defense. Scott Skiles wanted the team to be a top five defense this season and right now that is where they are at. Last week they shut down three very potent offenses and if the Bucks keep that up things will end nicely at the end of the season.
The Power Rankings mean very little at any point of the season. I think it can be argued that the Bucks are anywhere from the 6th to the 14th best team in the league. The rankings are fun to look at but not really all that important. What is important is the Bucks continue the good string of basketball they have put together and the ranking will take care of itself.