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Power rankings round-up: Bucks' bench gets attention as team stays put

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CBS Sports

Bucks rank: 17th

Last week: 16th

"They absolutely clobbered the Hawks on Friday, then hung with them Saturday before losing. Milwaukee is feisty, to the point where I'm not sure you want to see them in the playoffs. They might be young enough to not know better in a series, and that can be dangerous."

I agree to a certain extent. It would really just depend on the matchup. The best chance for an upset we be against Atlanta, right? I don't find it very likely they would steal more than 2 games from Washington, Chicago, or Toronto. What do you think?

ESPN.com

Bucks rank: 16th

Last week: 16th

"Quite a 48-hour education for the young Bucks. They mustered a 30-point rout of the soaring Hawks, on Atlanta's floor no less, in their performance of the season, only to come home and lost to Atlanta on Jabari Parker Bobblehead Night ... with the injured Parker, of course, forced to spectate."

#GetWellJabari

Sports Illustrated

Bucks rank: 16th

Last week: 16th

"Jason Kidd has not only done an admirable job of developing Milwaukee's youngsters, but also in keeping its veterans sharp and interested, too. Both Zaza Pachulia (11-year veteran) and Jared Dudley (seven) have been solid in reserve roles. Dudley went a perfect 10-of-10 from the field against the Hawks last week."

Question: Where does Jason Kidd rank on your Coach of the Year ballot?

Yahoo Sports

Bucks rank: 16th

Last week: 16th

"So which NBA bench is scoring the most points? The Bucks' reserves are leading the league, averaging 45.1 points per game and outscoring opponents by 16."

That number would rank in the top five for best scoring benches in NBA history. A good bench is a great thing to have, in my opinion.

NBA.com

Bucks rank: 16th

Last week: 15th

"Dealing with injuries, Jason Kidd has had to get creative with his lineups to keep together a bench unit that's been terrific. The Bucks are a plus-18.5 points per 100 possessions with at least three of Jerryd Bayless, Jared Dudley, Kendall Marshall, Khris Middleton and Zaza Pachulia on the floor, and a minus-7.9 with three or more of them on the bench"

COULD THE BUCKS BENCH BEAT THEIR STARTING LINEUP? I'm only half-joking.

Recap/Stats:

The Bucks averaged a .4 drop (only dropping one spot in two rankings) for an average finish of 16.2