A team full of jump-shooters can't win an NBA title. That's what Milwaukee's critics say, at least, and they're probably right. But that's not to say the Bucks can't find some success in the playoffs.
Besides the one-dimensional offense, the other knock on the Bucks is their lack of defense. Specifically, it's Milwaukee's spotty interior presence that makes it so venerable. While Ray Allen, Glenn Robinson and Sam Cassell get all the ink for their offense, Thomas' defense is the real key for the Bucks' postseason hopes.
Long and athletic, Thomas can be a defensive post nuisance when he wants to be. Fortunately for the Bucks, they drew Orlando in the first round, a team with even less of an interior defense than Milwaukee. Most likely, the Bucks will meet the Heat in the second round and Thomas will be called upon to clog the middle against Anthony Mason and Brian Grant while Earvin Johnson tries to slow down Alonzo Mourning.
It'll be a tough task for Thomas, made tougher by his sore right shoulder. Offensively, Bucks coach George Karl loves to go to Thomas for late-game 3-pointers while using Allen and Co. as decoys.
-- CNNSI.com's Mark Button