1. They improved
Getting better is the baseline and goal for every offseason. And the bottom line for Milwaukee is they improved this summer.
With Parker gone, the Bucks should be a much better team defensively. Especially given his recent comments, it’s obvious he didn’t value that side of the court. The ball should also move a lot better and allow Middleton and Antetokounmpo to take more of the shots on offense (always a good thing).
Ilyasova and Lopez also provide the Bucks with some depth in the front court and extra shooting. Thon Maker has struggled to live up to expectations of a 10th overall pick and took a step backward last season. If he can’t capture the momentum he gathered in the playoffs for a second straight season, Milwaukee has a backup plan in Lopez.
Ilyasova will likely be the primary backup to Antetokounmpo at the power forward position. However, he can also slide over to center, allowing the Bucks to play some small ball. Both he and Lopez aren’t the best defenders in the world, but certainly give a lot of effort. This will all culminate in the Bucks taking a pretty significant step forward in the win-loss column for the 2018-19 season.