17. Milwaukee Bucks

Record: 6 - 9
Last Week's Rank: 22
Last Week's Results: L @ Philadelphia 82-94, (Mon); L vs. Denver 95-105, (Tue); W @ New York 100-86, (Fri); W @ Miami 91-82, (Sun)
This Week: vs. Atlanta, Monday (1/23); @ Houston, Wednesday (1/25); @ Chicago, Friday (1/27); vs. LA Lakers, Saturday (1/28)

Just when we were ready to write the Bucks off on Tuesday night after a loss to the Nuggets, they went and knocked off the Knicks in New York AND the Heat in Miami. Now, we're not sure quite what to think. As we said last week, part of their sudden success can be attributed to the fact that Andrew Bogut is back in the lineup to provide a post presence. But it's also partly due to the fact that Brandon Jennings has been balling his ass off lately. With 36 points against the Knicks and 23 against the Heat, he's been playing like the leader of this team again. And he'll have to keep it up if they've got any chance of hovering around .500 and giving themselves a realistic chance to make the playoffs.—Chris Yuscavage