MIlwaukee Bucks have been the worst team in the NBA this season by some distance. Their 7-33 record is awful and they are still 3.5 games behind the second worst performing side, the Orlando Magic.
Their nine game losing streak is the current worst in the league and it doesn't really look like they are set to turn things around. The Giannis Antetokounmpo fun factor has slowly disappeared and i don't even think a draft pick like Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker would turn their fortunes around all that much.
Now shooting guard O.J. Mayo has come out and said the team have a complete lack of identity and style of play. Speaking to Journal Sentinel he said:
"You look around the league, you've got some teams that are defensive teams," Mayo said. "You've got some teams like (Houston) and the Warriors that are offensive-minded, like Portland and Denver, they're going to get up and down, spread the floor.
"You've got teams like Memphis, Chicago, physical, defensive-minded. Here we are at game 40, we don't know what we are right now. It's going to be hard to collect wins when you don't know what to expect."
What Mayo says is completely true. Larry Sanders troubles have hampered the team immensely and they need to work out what their young players can do. The second half of this season should be used as a test for next season, to work out what kind of team they want to be.
Mayo also had a few pop shots at his own coach Larry Drew. Mayo signed a $24 million contract this summer, but his playing minutes has dropped - instead of increased - as a supposed centrepiece player.
"It's the same thing it's been night in and night out," Mayo admitted. "It's been the same result, whatever the game plan has been.
"It's hard to get a rhythm when you don't know what's going to happen for you night in and night out. You may get 6 minutes, 30 minutes. There's no staple to what we're doing. You can hang in there, compete and keep it close.
"If you don't have a backbone to what you do, whether it's going to be a defensive thing, an up-tempo thing, a pound-it-in-the-paint thing, a drive-and-kick thing. We've got to find a staple as a team."
Well whatever's going to change the fortunes at BMO Harris Bradley Center, it won't be a quick fix. And everyone at the Bucks needs to realize that before they can move forward.
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