Behind enemy lines: Milwaukee Bucks

Behind enemy lines: Milwaukee Bucks
August 18, 2014, 10:00 am
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This is a series to look at how the Wizards stack up against their opponents in the East, where they finished 44-38 last season for a No. 5 playoff seed and advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time in nine years. Today:

Milwaukee Bucks

2013-14 finish: 15-67, last in the Central Division and in the East.

Season series vs. Wizards: Lost 3-1 in the regular season, but weren't an easy out. The first two meetings went into overtime, with the Bucks winning at Verizon Center. SF Khris Middleton and PF John Henson were matchup problems. 

Key losses: PF Jeff Adrien, PG Ramon Sessions. 

Key additions: PF Jabari Parker, PG Jerryd Bayless, PG Kendall Marshall, PF Johnny O'Bryant, coach Jason Kidd.

Outlook: The Bucks are still a long way from being a playoff team again despite drafting Parker No. 2 overall. They've added depth in the backcourt, but a lot will depend on the return of C Larry Sanders. In the first year of a $44 million deal, he missed 25 games because of a hand injury stemming from a fight in a nightclub. He then was out for the season with a fracture to his orbital bone. To make matters worse, Sanders also was hit with a suspension for testing positive for marijuana. To compete in the East, with the Wizards loaded with size in the low post and the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers having All-Star centers in the Central Division, Sanders has to live up to his contract. PG Brandon Knight is coming off his best season as a pro. Kidd was hired as Milwaukee negotiated behind the back of a sitting coach in Larry Drew, who wasn't notified of his fate until after the fact.