After going through the moves made by each team, the outlook on the division does not look very bright for the Bucks.
The Cavaliers, Pistons, and Pacers are all likely to make the playoffs once again, and at this point, the Bulls can only be characterized as “up in the air”. Even though the Bucks have undoubtedly gotten better during this offseason, it looks as if they will still finish towards the bottom in the Central Division.
As I mentioned before, this is not too big of a deterrent for Milwaukee, and a playoff berth could still be a possibility should the Bucks make a stark improvement in key areas from last season.
In fact, four teams from the same division have made the playoffs in the same year as recently as last season, when the Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, and San Antonio Spurs all made the Western Conference playoffs out of the Southeast Division.
In order to contend for and potentially make the postseason, the Bucks will need to outplay several other fringe contenders from other divisions over the course of the year.
As far as who those rivals are, I will cover them soon when I take a look at other Eastern Conference franchises that could find themselves fighting with the Bucks for a playoff berth.