The Milwaukee Bucks haven't won an NBA playoff series in over 12 years. In the past 21 years they've missed out on the postseason 14 times. The team owns one first place finish (2000-2001) and one second place finish (2009-10) in the Central Division during the last quarter of a century. Milwaukee is rightfully drenched in red on the franchise futility index at

The Milwaukee Bucks have only selected two prospects with a top-5 draft pick in the past 18 NBA Drafts - Andrew Bogut at No. 1 overall in 2005 and Stephon Marbury at No. 4 overall in 1996 (who was promptly traded for the rights to No. 5 pick Ray Allen). No player on the current roster has ever been to name to an NBA All-Star roster. The last All-Star to represent the team was Michael Redd in 2003-04.

The only other player to ever make an All-Star team that's even played for the Bucks during the last five seasons is Jerry Stackhouse in 2009-10...nine years after he last earned the honor. To crystallize the soul-crushing reality in your mind, consider this: Redd and Stackhouse are the only All-Star players to suit up for the Bucks during John Hammond's tenure with the team.

Contrary to the Bucks' rigid and principled approach, limited success is not offset by limited failure in the NBA. Every team is on each other's food chain. Organizations compete against each other in complex ways and they interact through a network of cascading transactions and decisions that complicate the food web in the Association. That's why fans should always demand a certain competitive verve from their favorite team.

Teams are always in a position to compete for something valuable. The Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy is a realistic for goal for a small handful of organizations in a given year, but the others can compete for long-term opportunities and plan to hoist the trophy at a later date. Premium amateur prospects can change the trajectory of a franchise, but you have to compete for the right to draft those players. Some people call it "tanking," but under the current system there's no better way to actively pursue fresh franchise-changing talent on criminally supressed contracts.