The Milwaukee Bucks demolish their roster


The Bucks have more incoming new faces than any other team in the NBA, headlined by the addition of O.J. Mayo.

The Milwaukee Bucks are bringing in an NBA-high 11 new roster additions next season. They've concluded the Brandon Jennings era by sending the point guard to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Brandon Knight, Viacheslav Kravtsov and Khris Middleton.

J.J. Redick, the Bucks' 2013 trade deadline acquisition, was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers for a couple of second-round draft picks. Monta Ellis opted out of the final year of his contract with Milwaukee and signed a three-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks.

It's been an offseason of turnover in Milwaukee from the top of the roster to the bottom. Other subtractions on the Bucks' roster include Drew Gooden (amnesty), Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Marquis Daniels, Gustavo Ayon, Samuel Dalembert, Mike Dunleavy and Joel Przybilla.

Old faces have given way to new ones in Milwaukee, and with it comes a dose of fresh air. Larry Sanders is the face of the franchise now, and last year's first-round pick John Henson might not be far behind.

Here's a look at some of Sanders and Henson's newest teammates.

Getting to know the new Bucks

O.J. Mayo: With the loss of Jennings, Ellis and Redick, the Bucks will lean heavily on their new three-year, $24-million shooting guard to produce offense. Mayo posted a career-high three-point shooting percentage last season with the Dallas Mavericks, but has yet to find a sustained role in the NBA.

Luke Ridnour: Ridnour walks into a team without an established starting point guard after Jennings was traded to the Pistons, but he will have competition. After playing off-guard beside Ricky Rubio with the Minnesota Timberwolves, he could return to the driver's seat with the Bucks, and he also has experience playing with another point guard on the floor.

Brandon Knight: The trade that will go down as "The Great Brandon Swap" (no, not really) leaves Knight with a new team to grow with. Knight will be entering his third season in the NBA after being selected eighth overall by the Pistons in the 2011 NBA Draft. He averaged 13.3 points per game in 75 starts for Detroit last season, but shot only 40.7 percent from the field while averaging only four assists per game.

Zaza Pachulia: Pachulia's eight-year run with the Atlanta Hawks came to an end when he signed with the Bucks. With Milwaukee using the amnesty clause on Gooden and losing Dalembert and Ayon, Pachulia's veteran presence will help stabilize its young frontcourt.

Carlos Delfino: The sharp-shooting, versatile small forward returns to Milwaukee after a one-year stint with the Houston Rockets. Now almost 31, Delfino is no longer in his prime, but can still provide floor-spacing and playmaking for a team lacking small forward depth.

Gary Neal: The Bucks loaded up on small guards this summer. Aside from Knight and Ridnour, they also brought on Neal. Neal went undrafted and worked his way into averaging 21 minutes per game with the San Antonio Spurs in each of his three seasons with the franchise. Can he prove himself as an NBA player beyond the reach of Gregg Popovich?

Miroslav Raduljica: Raduljica is a 7'1 international player who is expected to compete for minutes behind Larry Sanders and Zaza Pachulia. Raduljica averaged 14.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 53 games with his Ukrainian club Azovmash last season.

Khris Middleton: Middleton is a second-year player who was drafted in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Pistons. He appeared in just 27 games with Detroit for a total of 475 minutes. Middleton could have a chance to break into the Bucks' small forward rotation since Milwaukee lacks depth at the position.

Viacheslav Kravtsov: Kravtsov was another addition, along with Middleton, in the package that sent Knight to the Bucks. Kravtsov is a project big man who has seen little NBA action since declaring for the draft in 2009 and going undrafted. He returned to Ukraine to continue playing basketball professionally after he was not selected in 2009, and signed with the Pistons in 2012. He averaged 3.1 points and 1.8 rebounds in the 25 games he played in. It sounds like he'll be waived, but the Bucks will miss him anyway.

Giannis Antetokounmpo: Antetokounmpo was the youngest player in the 2013 NBA Draft and the Bucks selected him with pick No. 15. Known as "The Greek Freak" while playing overseas, the 18-year-old rookie is a gamble by the Bucks, who could wait to see if his potential becomes reality.

Nate Wolters: Unlike Antetokounmpo, drafting Wolters was done because he's a known quantity. He averaged 22.3 points and 5.8 assists per game in his senior year at South Dakota State and led the Jackrabbits to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. Wolters has the skill set and size to play both guard positions. The Bucks will have no shortage of options at point guard, and Wolters is expected to have NBA-ready talent.

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