The Milwaukee Bucks won’t be title contenders next season, but they could see rapid improvement in some of their players over the next several months.
The Milwaukee Bucks might make the playoffs as soon as next season, but they probably aren’t going to be winning 50 games. Casual fans might be turned off by that–why watch a team that certainly won’t be involved in the 2017 NBA Finals?
The biggest reason to watch the Bucks (outside of being a real fan and enjoying all forms of basketball) isn’t because of the 2017 NBA Finals, but the 2020 (ish) NBA Finals. The Bucks aren’t there yet, but they hope to be very good soon.
Milwaukee has an intriguing young core full of talented young players. Even if the Bucks aren’t great next year, some of those players will certainly take leaps forward in their development in 2016-17.
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The five players outlined in this piece are the most likely to demonstrate large improvements in their games this year. They’re ranked by how large of a jump they’re expected to make over the course of the next NBA season, which adds a fun dynamic to this whole thing.
Giannis Antetokounmpo seems like the obvious choice to be the best Milwaukee Bucks player over the long-term, but will he make a bigger jump relative to certain teammates next season considering how good he already was at the end of the 2015-16 NBA season?
That question, and some more, will be answered very soon.
Next: Number Five