Five Questions — and Perhaps Some Answers — on the Milwaukee Bucks

Posted on March 29, 2010 by


There is some discussion on how the Milwaukee Bucks – a team many believed would be one of the worst teams in the NBA this season – suddenly have a winning record and look posed to make someone unhappy in the playoffs.  Chris Sheridan – of – has a story that seems to focus on coaching, the acquisition of John Salmons, and team chemistryChris Mannix of has a story that focuses primarily on Scott Skiles.

Such stories seem plausible, but I think the answer is a bit more obvious.  Milwaukee is having a respectable season because…

well, for my answer I am going to direct you to Bucketsball.  Across this past week Jeremy Schmidt and I have exchanged a few e-mails on the topic of the Milwaukee Bucks.  In “Five Questions with Dave Berri” you can see my responses to Jeremy’s questions.   These answers not only cover the Bucks, but also offer a few more comments on Stumbling on Wins.  In addition to posting my answers, Jeremy did a great job of posting the standard table I usually create within his post (hmmm….wouldn’t it be great if I did that in this forum?).

I want to thank Jeremy for sending along the questions.  Hopefully fans of the Bucks (and fans in general) find the answers to be interesting.

– DJ

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