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Milwaukee
Bucks
C+
2012-13 Season Stats
W-L 38-44
PCT .463
DIV 7-9
CONF 24-28
HOME 21-20
ROAD 17-24
Frontcourt
B
Larry Sanders, John Henson and Ersan Ilyasova are the key contributors here. Samuel Dalembert, Mike Dunleavy and Luc Mbah a Moute are all gone.
Backcourt
C+
New faces here, too, with O.J. Mayo and Gary Neal (shooting guard) and Brandon Knight and Luke Ridnour (point). Any favorite memories of the Brandon Jennings-Monta Ellis-J.J. Redick era?
Defense
C
Sanders and Henson can alter and swat shots in volume, but they will have to with backcourt defense only somewhat stiffer than last season's.
Bench
B-
Depending who starts, the bench has some solid additions in Zaza Pachulia, Carlos Delfino, Ridnour, Neal and Khris Middleton, along with Ekpe Udoh.
Coaching
C+
Larry Drew is fairly unflappable, low on star power but a professional on the sidelines who can be trusted with the development of Milwaukee's young players and overall team-building.
Summary

Milwaukee is trapped in the middle not so much by philosophy but by market dynamics -- a full-scale rebuild would clobber the team at the box office, something owner Herb Kohl cannot fathom at this point in his tenure. He's also pitching a new arena, which is hard to sell amid an empty upper deck and 60-defeat seasons.

The changes Milwaukee has made are conservatively priced for the most part, with several pieces that a good team needs (whether that's the Bucks in a couple years or some trade partner). The care and feeding of 18-year-old first-rounder Giannis Antetokounmpo will provide only fleeting entertainment, glimpses of the future in a middling present.

-- Steve Aschburner

2012-13 Team Rating
Offense Defense
100.9 102.3
21st Overall 12th Overall