The Milwaukee Bucks are have had a rough month of February, which really erased just about everything good that the team accomplished during a 8-3 run in the month of January. Now, as a team that is hanging onto the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, there is a real question as to whether they are going to blow up the core of this team and rebuild, or whether they will hold firm with the assets that they have to bring to the table.
The truth of the matter is that the team made the bold play last year to go more offensive oriented by trading for Monta Ellis from the Golden State Warriors. The deal cost the team Andrew Bogut, who was injured at the time and only recently became a full-time contributor for Golden State.
With it though, went the identity of the team. The Bucks converted from a team that was one of the solid defensive outfits in the NBA to one that was going to try to run up and down the floor with Ellis and Brandon Jennings. What they have come to find out is that these two players are largely exactly the same, right down to their stats.
Check out these stat lines:
Jennings: .395 shooting percentage, 18.5 PPG, 6.1 APG, 3.3 RPG, 1.9 SPG
Ellis: .401 shooting percentage, 18.4 PPG, 5.5 APG, 3.8 RPG, 1.9 SPG
They’re the exact same player, and that isn’t going to win Milwaukee an NBA title.
There haven’t been many precise deals bantered around yet between the Bucks and other teams, but if we had to guess, we would make our NBA predictions on at least one, if not both of Jennings and Ellis being shipped out of town before the trading deadline strikes in another week.