Keys to Turning the Milwaukee Bucks Season Around

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Oct 10, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks center Greg Monroe (15) talks with forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the second quarter against the Detroit Pistons at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


The final thing the Bucks need to improve on is their communication. Too often, the team has been completely out of sync on the defensive end. Much of this has to with the communication between teammates.

Last season, the Bucks communicated well on both sides of the floor. Jared Dudley and Zaza Pachulia both led by example, calling out things as they saw them develop so that their teammates had a better idea of what was going on around them.

This season, communication has too often been non-existent. Guys fail to call things out, like screens, so that the on ball defender knows its coming. They fail to call out rotations. The team also lacks a vocal leader who can give them encouragement when things are tough.

Improving on communication is key. Many of the defensive miscues of this team can be easily remedied by better communication. The best teams in the NBA have vocal on-court leadership.

Making a trade for a veteran, such as Caron Butler, would go a long way in addressing this issue. The team is sorely lacking vocal on-court leadership, and bringing in a seasoned veteran who is a model professional could be very useful to this young team.

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However, bringing a veteran won’t fix the issue on its own. The team as a unit needs to communicate better.

O.J. Mayo has been solid in this role in recent games. The young guys need to take note and be more sure of themselves when they see something happening. It’s the only way the team can improve on their defensive chemistry and remedy the issues they’ve had so far this season.

Greg Monroe, given his experience in the league, may be the leading candidate out of the starting five to take on this role. Another candidate is Michael Carter-Williams who is well-spoken and in charge of running the offense.

A sleeper candidate, however, may be Jabari Parker. Parker has been a model professional both on and off the court so far this season. He works hard every night and doesn’t complain or put his head down when things don’t go his way. He always gives 100% effort every time he steps on the court.

Regardless of who steps up, the team in general must improve on their communication. If they do, the team will function a lot more efficiently than it has so far this season.