ST. FRANCIS, Wis. There may not be another team in the NBA that values depth and its bench more than the Milwaukee Bucks, especially after they've danced with shallow depth charts for the past few seasons. That appreciation undoubtedly came after last season, when an injury to the oft-injured Andrew Bogut left the Bucks without anyone to truly fill his center role.
Without the benefit of battle-tested depth, the Bucks' big man situation ended up crippling them down the stretch, as they fell short of the playoffs. Recognizing the problem, Bucks general manager John Hammond made sure to add depth in the frontcourt. A lot of it.
Now, nearly half the team's roster space is taken up by big men, and as a result, the Bucks' preseason scrimmages have looked decidedly more competitive. And with the reserves keeping things close early on, the team's starting big men are starting to see the difference.
"We are much longer than we are last year, and we've got mo...