Milwaukee Bucks 2016-17 Season Review: Jason Kidd

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Head coach Jason Kidd brought a winning season and playoff appearance to the Milwaukee Bucks. The future is bright in Milwaukee, let’s review how Kidd contributed this past season.

In 2013, the now Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd ripped off his NBA jersey and jumped into coaching with the Brooklyn Nets. He was handed an aging veteran roster with “win now” expectations stamped on the season. A winning season and a playoff run from Kidd would surprise many observers.

The subsequent decision of the Bucks’ ownership to bring Kidd to Milwaukee has brought a level of excitement to Milwaukee in the time since.

Kidd was consistently among the best players in the league throughout his NBA career, but that doesn’t ensure immediate success. At the very least, former players of his caliber do tend to garner immediate respect, though.

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Although it hasn’t all been smooth sailing since Kidd arrived in Milwaukee, that respect has at least helped the team to some moments of early success.

For this season, the roster received a shake up over the summer and during the course of the regular season, meaning Kidd had a vastly different group of players to work with.

New additions in Matthew Dellavedova and Mirza Teletovic were brought in for shooting and veteran leadership. Thon Maker and Malcolm Brogdon were drafted with an eye on the future. Veterans like Jason Terry and Michael Beasley came in also went on to have major contributions.

Topping it all off, the point guard position took a major turn, as the Bucks traded away Michael Carter-Williams and Tyler Ennis. The MCW move brought in Tony Snell, who started 80 games in the regular season and became a key component of Milwaukee’s season.

All of those moves, and the major injuries to Khris Middleton (before the season) and Jabari Parker (during the season), left Kidd with an increasing number of new players, roles, and situations to deal with. How did he fare coaching the Bucks in his third season?

For now, let’s take a deeper look at the season that was for Jason Kidd.