The Milwaukee Bucks recently fired head coach Jason Kidd and some might see this as an odd move since the team is in the mix for the postseason.
The front office saw a talented young roster and was not seeing wins and losses being in the right column for their liking. With Milwaukee hanging in the 5-to-8 range to make the Eastern Conference playoffs, should basketball bettors be thinking the Bucks are Play On, Play Against or avoid material? Time to look into answers.
At best, Jason Kidd is an average NBA coach and a bit of trouble-maker, which was also true of his playing days. His job description was to develop a very young and raw roster of players and the idea was they would grow together.
The team was making progress, and three years ago was sixth in field goal percentage defense and eighth in points allowed, with a helter-skelter approach. The defense was structured on double-teaming principles because of its youth and length but came with high risk, high reward tendencies.
Opposing coaches broke the defense down and found a way to get easier shots. Though Milwaukee is middle of the road in points surrendered in the league this season, they are 22nd in field goal percentage, 26th in three-point field goal percentage and they rank last in the restricted area shot attempts.
Combine this with sometimes confusing starting lineups and end of game cohesion among the players on the floor, the direction where Kidd was trying to take this group was puzzling.