Final season in Bradley Center
50th-anniversary Bucks on the move
Like the Milwaukee Brewers in 2000, the Milwaukee Bucks in 2017 are on the move.
In 2000, the Brewers played their last season in Milwaukee County Stadium and this year the Bucks will shoot their last baskets in the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
But unlike the 2000 Brewers, the 2017 Bucks are expected to be a powerhouse in the National Basketball Association this season and perhaps even stronger in the first season in their new arena in 2018.
The 50th NBA season for the Bucks starts this month with a rosy outlook:
• The team is the second youngest in the NBA, but despite its youth, already has postseason experience, losing a six-game series to the Toronto Raptors in the first round last season.
• Returning starters include forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, an NBA All Star and All-NBA selection last year. The 22-year-old with a 7-foot-3 wingspan was the NBA’s most-improved player in 2016-’17.
• Also returning is Malcolm Brogdon, recognized as NBA Rookie of the Year last season. He is the first second-round draft pick to earn that title.
• Veteran Khris Middleton returns at guard, and early in 2018, injured guard Jabari Parker is likely to return to the court.
The Bucks are coached by Jason Kidd, who is scheduled to go on the NBA Hall of Fame ballot in 2018. Continuing the youth movement, the Bucks earlier this year named 34-year-old Jon Horst general manager after he had served as director of basketball operations since 2008