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Brew Hoop Staff 2015-16 Season Review: Introduction

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With the playoffs in full swing with the Bucks not involved, the Brew Hoop staff decided it was a good time to look back on the past 6 months and parse out the good, the bad, and everything in-between.

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What a year it has been. The Milwaukee Bucks may not have reached significant on-court success, but there were definitely steps taken by the players individually and the team as a whole. There was the continuing ascendence of Giannis Antetokounmpo, the successful return of Jabari Parker, the perpetually-underappreciated mastery of Khris Middleton, and that's just scratching the surface.

But sometimes scratching the surface isn't good enough! No, sometimes we need to dive as deep as we can to really figure out what really happened, and where it will take us going forward. As they say, that's what we're here for.

The Brew Hoop staff, in our vast and infinite* knowledge, decided to take the task of grading the season ourselves. To that end, we broke down at each player individually (plus the coaching staff as a group) and analyzed them based on these five criteria:

  • Offense: How well the player performed and contributed to the Bucks' offense.
  • Defense: How well the player performed and contributed to the Bucks' defense.
  • Improvement: The player's overall improvement from 2014-15 until now.
  • Fit Going Forward: How well the player fits the team for the foreseeable future.
  • Overall: The player's overall impact on the team.
(At this point, it's important to mention that we're leaving the front office and ownership out of this exercise: beyond a few 10-day contracts, John Hammond and company didn't do anything substantial during the season that had a marked impact on the team, while the owners were primarily focused on the arena efforts. We're just looking at everything between Opening Day and Fan Appreciation Night, and the Bucks made no significant moves during that timeframe.)

Rather than use the conventional letter grade system, we used a 1-10 scale to rate each player in the five areas above:
Scoring Rubric
10: Incredible
9: Remarkable
8: Excellent
7: Very good
6: Okay
5: Not good
4: Bad
3: Poor
2: Awful
1: Abysmal

A good way to parse out the difference between the ranges on either extreme of this spectrum: Kemba Walker was an excellent shooter last season, J.J. Redick was remarkable, and Stephen Curry was an incredible one. And for the other side, Damian Lillard was a poor defender in 2015-16, Enes Kanter was awful, and James Harden was an abysmal one. But the ratings themselves are purposefully subjective.

It wouldn't be nearly as fun to just let the Brew Hoop staff have their say, so we'll also open each post up to you, the readers, to chime in through the polls and comment sections. At the end of the series, we'll look back to see if our opinions have changed at all.

To give a glimpse of how things will shake out, here's the (tentative) order in which we'll tackle this review:
  • Tyler Ennis, Damien Inglis, Johnny O'Bryant (aka the GET HYPE Trio)
  • Greivis Vasquez, O.J. Mayo, Jerryd Bayless (aka Expiring Contract Island)
  • John Henson, Rashad Vaughn, Miles Plumlee (aka the  Well...Maybe... Gang)
  • Michael Carter-Williams, Greg Monroe (aka the "What would you say...you do here?" Brothers)
  • Bucks coaching staff (aka the Brew Hoop Comment Section All Stars)
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, Khris Middleton (aka The Future...Probably)
So are you ready for 200+ comments about Tyler Ennis' shooting ability, Miles Plumlee's rebounding, and how well MCW fits going forward? STAY TUNED.

*Staff knowledge is neither vast nor infinite