Milwaukee Bucks in Ideal Rebuilding Position

December 30th, 2014 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

The Milwaukee Bucks just blew past their win total from all of last year, and nobody's remotely upset by that, which says pretty much everything about how perfectly their rebuild is going.

Usually, a team this young, this early in the construction process, would win games with mixed emotions because bottoming out for better lottery odds would be more beneficial in the long term.

Not so for the Bucks, for whom win No. 16 (achieved on Dec. 29 against the Charlotte Hornets) was an unqualifiedly good thing—representative of the balance the organization has struck between long-term growth and short-term goals, between present and future concerns.

The Bucks, who started the year as the NBA's second-youngest team with an average age of 23.7, have all the youth they need. As such, they can focus on genuinely trying to win games. Sure, it's always nice to add young talent, but the mistake many teams make when rebuilding is failing to respect the necessary balance between youth and experience.

You need some old heads, some crafty vets who've been through NBA ups and downs. A squ ...

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