Fans and analysts got their first looks at the 2014 Milwaukee Bucks in action on Saturday. The team, peppered with new faces, including head coach Jason Kidd and rookie Jabari Parker, held a public scrimmage at the BMO Harris Bradley Center that afternoon. A respectable crowd gathered to watch as the full roster was split into a White team and a Black team, providing a half hour of exiting play that ended with a three-point White team victory.
Kidd, leading the Bucks for the first time since a partial roster joined him in the Las Vegas summer league, told reporters that he was excited to help the team recover from a horrific 2013, which saw them finish last in the NBA. The former player and Brooklyn Nets coach said that he was pleased with the performances of all his players as they debuted for the first time in front of a home crowd.
O.J. Mayo, Elijah Millsap, Kendall Marshall, Zaza Pachulia, John Henson, Jerryd Bayless, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Johnny O'Bryant made up the winning White team, earning 37 points to the Black team's 34. Mayo tallied a team-leading eight points, including two from beyond the arc.
Despite his group's close loss, first round pick Parker stole the show Saturday. Receiving a standing ovation as he stepped onto the Bradley Center court for the first time as a Buck, the 19 year old went on to score a game-high 10 points on five of nine from inside the paint. His performance was a pleasant turn-around from the lowly time he had in Las Vegas earlier this summer, where he struggled to find the basket or make much of an impact at all as the Bucks dropped four of their five games.
Joining Parker on the Black team were a number of familiar faces from last season, including Brandon Knight, Nate Wolters, Larry Sanders, Ersan Ilyasova, and Khris Middleton. Jared Dudley and Michael Eric also appeared for the losing side. The third-year veteran Knight was among the other stand-outs that day, managing seven points and leading the floor in assists with seven.
Following a day off to close the weekend, the Bucks will return to practice at the Cousins Center on Monday. Memphis comes to the Resch Center in Green Bay on Wednesday to open the team's preseason, which also features Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, and a pair of games against Minnesota.