The start of Bucks training camp is just 22 days (!) away, which means NBA season preview podcasts are suddenly a thing. Exhibit A: I spent Thursday evening recording three Bucks preview podcasts, and none of them were even for our podcast.
First up, our friend Mike Prada of SB Nation's Limited Upside podcast had Eric Nehm and I on to talk about the Bucks' prospects in the East, #BaselineBari, who the Bucks' leading scorer would be and much, much more:
The third podcast was with my friends Jon Hill and Matt Hill for Super Hoopers -- will post when it drops.
2016 Summer Forecast, most likely first-time All-Star | ESPN
Could the Bucks' all-star drought finally end this season? A panel of ESPN voters seem to think so, as they voted Giannis Antetokounmpo (22 votes) a close second to Karl Towns (23 votes) in a forecast of which players will be first-time all-stars this season. Khris Middleton also received four votes while Jabari Parker received one.
In case I needed to remind you, the Bucks haven't had an all-star since Michael Redd in 2004, which says plenty about both their lack of wins and lack of star power in that period. Twelve years later and it certainly feels like that will soon change, and not in the "Brandon Jennings or Brandon Knight almost sneaks in because every other point guard is hurt" kind of way (remember those "snubs?"). Hopefully Giannis goes full Kool Aid Man and blasts his way into the all-star festivities next February in New Orleans, but until then...the Bucks' all-star clock will continue to tick.
Orlando Johnson to join Bucks camp roster | Michael Scotto
The Bucks' camp roster appears set to grow to 17:
Source: The Bucks and Orlando Johnson have agreed to terms. Milwaukee has 15 guaranteed contracts, but is looking at ways to add wing depth.— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) September 4, 2016
The 36th overall pick in 2012, Johnson spent two seasons in Indiana but has struggled to find an NBA home since, spending most of the past two years with the D-League's Austin Spurs. The 27-year-old 6'5" wing did have brief stops in New Orleans and Phoenix last year, but his career NBA numbers aren't much to look at (35.8% from the field, 31.1% from deep). He's been notably better in the D-League, hitting 38% from the NBA line while scoring 18.0 points/36 on 57% true shooting.
Still, as much as the Bucks could use another wing as insurance against Khris, Jabari or Giannis getting hurt, no one's expecting Johnson or fellow camp signing Xavier Henry to supplant one of the Bucks' 15 guaranteed roster players.
Jabari Parker knows Chicago needs positive role models. He’s already become one | SBNation.com
Our friend Ricky O'Donnell spoke to Jabari Parker at his recent charity pick-up game in Chicago.
"It starts today," Parker said. "The kids coming up are only going to have good role models to look after. They need to know that it’s cool to be a good person. It’s cool to be a good kid in class and have good grades. The prime objective is to make it out the right way."