The Milwaukee Bucks are miserable this season, and their poor play is beginning to make players question their direction and lack of identity. Of course, the guy speaking out about it is O.J. Mayo.
“It’s the same thing it’s been night in and night out,” Mayo said. “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.”
The Bucks currently sit at 7-33, which is easily worst in the league. They’re 1-9 in their last 10 games, and have lost nine in a row. This team is awful! They currently sit three games back from the Orlando Magic, who for all intents and purposes, are a bad team as well. Will the Bucks crack 10 wins before the All-Star break?
Mayo was brought in on a three-year, $24 Million contract, and was expected to supply the Bucks with some scoring. Instead, Mayo has shot under 40% from the field, and is tied for the second-lowest scoring output of his NBA career. At just 12’6 points per game, Mayo hasn’t exactly delivered, and nearly have the Bucks. The Bucks still lack an identity, and I’d expect big changes soon.
“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.”
Mayo has a point. Good NBA teams, have solid identities, or specific types of basketball that they play, night in and night out. The Bucks seems to just be hitting the floor, and doing whatever they feel works at that moment, which is generally nothing. As their record would reflect.
The real question right now is… will O.J. Mayo still be in Milwaukee after the trade deadline?