NBA worst-team Milwaukee's lone bright spot this season is if the Bucks get the top draft pick in the 2014 NBA Draft
And on Monday night, the Bucks have clinched the that feat with a 110-100 loss to the playoff-bound Toronto Raptors.
The Bucks are now 15-66, three games below (above?) the 18-66 Philadelphia 76ers.
Philly gave Milwaukee a run for it's money in the second half of the season, losing a record-tying 26 consecutive games, but they were down in by an early-season run of success. The Bucks, for what it's worth, have been consistently terrible throughout the year.
Statistically, however, Milwaukee is likely to cede the title "NBA's worst" to Philadelphia.
The Bucks came into Monday ranked 29th in expected win-loss record, with a mark of 19-61. They also rank 29th with a minus-6.28 in Basketball-Reference's "Simple Rating System" (SRS)—a team rating system that combines average margin of victory with strength of schedule. The Philadelphia 76ers are dead last, with a minus-11.14 rating.
Unlike the Sixers, who have been legitimately trying to get a high 2014 draft pick since trading All-Star Jrue Holiday for the injured Nerlens Noel last summer, the Bucks did not come into 2013-14 looking to tank. Their owner, Herb Kohl, outlined his disdain for tanking to Bleacher Report's Howard Beck at the start of the season.
What makes these Bucks so terrible? For starters, their highest-paid players are all performing at an unfathomably low level. O.J. Mayo ($8 million), Ersan Illyasova ($7.9 million) and Zaza Pachulia ($5.2 million) make more money than anyone left on the Bucks' roster, yet havecombined for 3.4 win shares...practically half of the mark put up this season by former Buck Mike Dunleavy (6.2 win shares).
Not only did some of their new additions fail to contribute, they actually hurt the development of Milwaukee's younger players.
So what have the Bucks won by losing?
Milwaukee might have a good news for them in the next season as they would most likely get the top pick of this year's multi-talented draft featuring the likes of high school phenoms Andrew Wiggins of Kansas and Duke's Jabari Parker and among others.
With that, the Bucks have 64.3 percent chance of landing in the top three in this summer's draft, and a 25 percent chance of getting that precious No. 1 overall pick.
Whomever the Bucks choose with that pick will be under a great deal of pressure; he must show the fans he was worth the price of suffering through the worst season in franchise history.
And certainly getting the top pick in the 2014 NBA Draft is the only bright spot in the Bucks campaign this season
--- with reports from BleacherReport.com
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