Recently, OnMilwaukee.com writer David Begel detailed the very real possibility of the Bucks between the NBA’s contraction crosshairs.
Quick Analysis: He’s probably right. There are only a handful of teams in the contraction discussion, and each one of them seems to at least have a few perks. The Bucks? Not so much. Sacramento did the best thing a suffering small market franchise can do for itself. The Kings acquired Jimmer Fredette and all his Jimmer-mania. Ticket sales reportedly went through the roof. Ironically, the Bucks were the team that drafted him. Would Jimmer have not achieved the same franchise boosting result in Milwaukee? Absolutely, he would have. I hate to say it, but should the NBA decided to ax the Bucks, or move them to a different city, the decision to trade away the very piece that could have saved your franchise will probably be regarded as the nail in the coffin for Milwaukee.
A small market franchise needs one of two things at all times: a star or otherwise intriguing player, or consistent competitiveness. While New Orleans has Paul, Charlotte has Jordan upstairs, Sacramento has The Jimmer, and teams like Utah and San Antonio are always in the playoff mix, the Bucks have no comparable quality. Brandon Jennings? Please. He was a mediocre point guard at best last year. Bogut? Wake me when he does something memorable. The possibility is real. If I’m the commish, and I’m looking to bail on one team, the Bucks are right there in the crosshairs.