Milwaukee Bucks, the NBA’s most surprising team this season. posted by Bucks Fan
The Milwaukee Bucks may only have a .500 record standing at 15 and 15, but they've already equaled last season's win total. They also occupy the Eastern Conference's No. 6 seed heading into the second third of the 2014 season.
And in a conference starved for solid Nos. 1-8 depth like the West, a .500 record should qualify Jason Kidd's club for the postseason.
Sure, the Bucks are far from perfect, they have their downfalls, like having a sputtering offense that ranks 20th in efficiency, but there is plenty to write home about as the defense is still slightly above average (No. 11 overall). As is the case with most young teams, continuity has been easier to find as the result of pure athleticism than tactical execution.
Kidd's influence is also evident when you examine point guard Brandon Knight's production.
Knight is one of nine players—along with James Harden, Chris Paul, Damian Lillard, Stephen Curry, Kyle Lowry, LeBron James, John Wall and Russell Westbrook—averaging at least 18 points, five assists and four rebounds this season, and that is some great company to be in, considering the lack of premiere talent usually surrounding this Milwaukee team.
Knight's also improved dramatically from beyond the arc, where he's knocking down better than 40 percent of his attempts. He is drilling 46.4 percent of his catch-and-shoot triples, shots that account for more than 20 percent of his total production.
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These are all positives and something that Bucs fans should be excited about moving forward. With such a young team, the Bucs need to not get ahead of themselves as they approach the mid season break and then the final stretch before post season. It’s easy to stumble on one’s on feet but with the way the Bucs are playing and the weak and sluggish East, making the postseason shouldn’t be a problem.