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Athletic Jones can toughen up Bucks

Updated: May 18, 2012, 3:15 PM ET
By David Thorpe

When a team trades a top-flight albeit injury-prone center and acquires a player who many think is the most overvalued guard in the league, there is a fair question about the direction in which the team is headed. Such was the case when the Milwaukee Bucks traded Andrew Bogut to the Golden State Warriors for Monta Ellis.

The Bucks' current roster features a number of young players who will require a lot of minutes next season to develop their talent. As such, these players likely will not deliver enough wins for the Bucks to earn a playoff spot. After a breakout season from Ersan Ilysova (whom they might lose via free agency) and improved play from Brandon Jennings, the Bucks are not bad enough to contend for a top-five pick (which offers less than a 1 percent chance to get likely No. 1 pick Anthony Davis) now or going forward, but they definitely are not a playoff team for the upcoming season either.

Their style of play keeps them competitive: low turnovers, good passing, tough-minded on defense and the backboards, and now they feature a quick and fast backcourt that can help them become a much better offensive team. With Tobias Harris, Ekpe Udoh, and Larry Sanders all expected to play and develop next season, who makes sense for the Bucks to draft?

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