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Bucks sticking to long-term plan with draft approaching

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MILWAUKEE (AP) - -

The Milwaukee Bucks plan to stick with a slow and steady approach to constructing a consistently successful team.

It doesn't appear as if an unexpected push for the playoffs this year is going to accelerate the rebuilding process.

General manager John Hammond on Wednesday identified size and shooting as two top team needs going into the NBA draft on June 25.

The Bucks have the 17th selection in the first round.

But the franchise is in much better shape than a year ago, when Milwaukee took forward Jabari Parker with the second overall pick.

Milwaukee won 41 games - a 26-game swing from the previous season - in Jason Kidd's first season as coach. The Bucks lost to the Bulls in the first round in six games.

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