It’s been a harrowing season for the Milwaukee Bucks in 2013-14. With only eight more games left to play, the Bucks are on track to finish with their worst regular season record in franchise history. As of today, their worst season campaign came during the 1993-94 season when the team finished with a 20-62 record. Many fans of the Bucks in the city of Milwaukee (and elsewhere) are cheering for the team to lose in order to obtain a higher draft pick in the NBA Draft. For head coach Larry Drew, he isn’t paying attention to any of it.
“I don’t [react]. Honestly, with all sincerity I don’t. I go out and coach each game to try to win. I don’t look at where we are or what our season is about right now. My job is to get these young men ready to play every single night and to play hard. Given what our situation is, it’s easy to play our season out, but we’re not going to do that. Wherever we end up, that’s where we end up, but we’re not under any circumstance going to go out there and fold the tent.” Drew said on Saturday night before Milwaukee’s 88-67 loss to the defending champion Miami Heat.
The last worst team in an NBA season to actually win the top pick came back in 2003 when the Orlando Magic selected Dwight Howard. Still, Milwaukee will be guaranteed a top-four pick come lottery time.
“People are looking at the future as far as the draft is concerned and they already got their eyes kind of pinpointed on players of the future, and that’s normal. I don’t fault them at all for that, but I let it be known that I don’t pay much attention to that, all I do it go out and try to coach this team. Where we end up, that’s where we end up.”
The loaded upcoming NBA Draft is nearly three months away (June 26), and on Monday, one of the top prospects – Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins – announced that he will not return to school next year and will enter the pool of players. The other top prospect -- Duke freshman Jabari Parker -- is expected to make his decision soon. Wiggins’ teammate Joel Embiid and others will announce their decisions in the coming weeks as well.
With Milwaukee losing Monday night in Detroit to the Pistons, they’ve set themselves up for a rough stretch to end their season. If the Bucks lose on Wednesday evening to the Miami Heat, they will need to win out the remaining seven games in order to not finish with their franchise-worst 20-67 record or below.