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2012-13 Season Stats
W-L 38-44
PCT .463
DIV 7-9
CONF 24-28
HOME 21-20
ROAD 17-24
Larry Sanders, John Henson and Ersan Ilyasova are the key contributors here. Samuel Dalembert, Mike Dunleavy and Luc Mbah a Moute are all gone.
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?
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.
Depending who starts, the bench has some solid additions in Zaza Pachulia, Carlos Delfino, Ridnour, Neal and Khris Middleton, along with Ekpe Udoh.
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.

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