2. A big, rebounding center
Ugh, I don’t even want to talk about rebounding, but we have to address it. Grabbing rebounds and finishing possessions was by far the Bucks biggest weakness last season. They ranked dead last in the NBA by only corralling 40.3 rebounds per 100 possessions. That’s six fewer per game than the top-ranked Philadelphia 76ers.
Right now, Milwaukee has two string beans at center in John Henson and Maker. Both players struggle with the size the majority of opposing centers bring to the floor. They aren’t strong enough to box out, get pushed around easily and otherwise disappear when the shot goes up. If it weren’t for their length, they would hold no value on the boards.
In order to offset those two, the Bucks should look to bring in a big, bruising center who can body with opposing teams. They acquired Tyler Zeller midway through the year, but, god bless his heart, he isn’t fit for that role.
Overall, the Bucks’ defense suffered big time because they weren’t able to finish possessions and own the boards. Thus, prolonging their time on defense and the number of points they gave up.