After a playoff berth and the addition of center Greg Monroe, the Bucks had high expectations for the 2015-16 season. While they disappointed in terms of wins and losses, that campaign set the table for another important offseason that pairs financial flexibility with worthwhile draft picks.

Drafting Thon Maker 10th overall gives them another tantalizing project while second-round selection Malcolm Brodgon could contribute as soon as this season. All that means the young Bucks’ single-season step backward should not cost this franchise its bright future.