This may come as a surprise, but I strongly believe the Milwaukee Bucks will make the playoffs this year, and I have good reasons why.
Reason #1- The Dynamic Duo
Star shooting guard Michael Redd and newly acquired scorer Richard Jefferson could become the best scoring combo in the league next year. Redd, who is easily on the top five shooters in the NBA list, finally has help to score. Over the last three years Redd has been doing it himself, averaging roughly 25 points per game. Now, with Richard Jefferson coming in, who averaged 22.6 points per game in the 07-08 season, the two could pose a double threat to opponents, a slick shooter and a slashing forward. Jefferson commented on joining forces with Redd; “He's much more outside; he's one of the best shooters I've ever seen. Me, I'm more of a slasher," explained Jefferson. "But, we both do the other things well. With that, I think we have a chance to have a very good team, especially in this conference.”
Reason #2- Rookies
Leading the Big East in scoring, rebounding, and blocking, Joe Alexander steps into a franchise in need of help in many categories, especially the ones mentioned above. This addition to the team helps the Bucks try to complete a solid roster. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is an energetic forward who is athletic and brings down a lot of boards; however he does need to improve offensively. For a few years or so he will be a good player off the bench, he can always earn his way into a starting job.
Reason #3- Young, talented non-rookies
20 points, 8 rebounds, and 24 assists. These are the numbers of Ramon Sessions, the 22 year old out of Nevada. That was just one game he played while starting guard Mo Williams and reserve Charlie Bell were out with injuries. It didn’t earn him the starting job, but he will definitely do some damage off the bench this year. Mo Williams, 25, will remain starter, and will have no trouble getting assists thanks to former 1st pick Andrew Bogut and Charlie Villanueva.
In the end, the Bucks are a very young team with a lot of potential. I’m not saying they will make it deep into the playoffs, I don’t think they have quite enough experience or team chemistry yet, but they will make the playoffs. In three or four years if things turn out well and they continue to grow, this is a championship contending team.