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How to fix the Milwaukee Bucks in four easy steps

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Although Maker played much better on the main roster than anyone could have expected, that wasn’t the original plan.

Ideally, the Bucks would have had Maker destroying people in the D-League (well, the G-League starting next season), but they didn’t have a local affiliate to develop their prized rookie project. That changes for 2017-18, when the franchise opens its direct D-League affiliate in Oshkosh, Wisc.

Milwaukee has a golden opportunity here. The Bucks can build their D-League affiliate to maximize Maker’s potential — and they should. The D-League coaching staff needs to be on the same page as the Bucks’ staff, allowing the team to send Maker back and forth between the two organizations without missing a step.

Because if the Bucks can turn Maker into an All-Star rim-protector and 3-point shooter, they’ll have the rarest of NBA talents.

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