Mayo was on pace to be a Western Conference All Star last season with the Dallas Mavericks. He averaged 22 ppg over the first 13, then took up residency in head coach Rick Carlisle's dog house late in the campaign. Mayo can shoot, score and even defend a little. If Drew and Butler can harness his wildness, Mayo can be a very productive off guard.
BENCH: This is a startling solid group.
If Ridnour begins the season as the starter, that would relegate Knight, who is only in his third season. Knight's averaged 13.1 ppg, 3.9 apg, while shooting 37 percent from three-point range and 41 percent from the field. Those numbers won't knock you out of your chair, but it's enough of a foundation to build on in Milwaukee. Detroit moved him to the shooting guard slot when it acquired Jose Calderon in season, and that wasn't a good fit. Getting Knight on the roster was a great move for the Bucks.
Delfino averaged 10.6 ppg last season for the Rockets, who dumped him to make room for Superman. He signed a reasonable contract with the Bucks and is a career 37 percent three-point shooter.
Neal is an ideal bench player when you need scoring. He's almost averaged 10 ppg in three seasons with the Spurs, but in just over 21 minutes a contest. He can score in bunches.
Pachulia is a grunt in the nicest possible terms. He is a prototypical backup big man who will give you 20 minutes a game, score a few buckets, grab some boards and antagonize the opposition.
The rookies - Antetokounmpo and Wolters - probably won't play much their rookie seasons. Both are above-average prospects.
COACHING: Drew went 128-102 in three years with the Hawks, but only advanced in the postseason once. When Danny Ferry assumed control of Atlanta, he brought in his own man, Mike Budenholzer.
Drew is a very capable man, but he's not the guy you bring in to truly elevate your franchise.
OUTLOOK: With five teams (Heat, Pacers, Bulls, Nets and Knicks) assured of playoff spots, the Bucks are stuck in the eternal hell of a low playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.
They probably have enough talent to squeeze into one of the three remaining slots, but have no chance of overtaking any of the conference powerhouses.
Still, this group could finish over .500. There's not a ton of talent, but some very good men you'd want on a roster. They'll all have to play over their talent level to get the sixth seed, but the eighth is a very reasonable goal.