By Jim Owczarski Sports Editor Published Oct 28, 2014 at 1:07 PM Photography: David Bernacchi

The 2014-15 Milwaukee Bucks season begins Wednesday night in Charlotte, with new owners, new-look jerseys and some new faces.

Here’s a rundown of the roster with some interesting information about each player and a way to interact with them throughout the season.

Jason Kidd, head coach
Need to know: In four of the five seasons in which he joined a new team as a player, that team produced a better record than the season before.
Fun fact: Announced his retirement two days after fellow 1995 co-Rookie of the Year Grant Hill did.
Twitter: @RealJasonKidd
Facebook: Jason Kidd

Brandon Knight, guard
Need to know: Has increased his scoring output and assist totals each of his first three seasons.
Fun fact: Did not accept a scholarship at Kentucky, instead opting for an aid agreement.
Twitter: @BrandonKnight07
Instagram: BrandonKnight11
Facebook: Brandon Knight

O.J. Mayo, guard
Need to know: Has not played in a regular season game since March 24.
Fun fact: Given name is Ovinton J'Anthony.
Instagram: juicemayo00

Jabari Parker, forward
Need to know: Averaged 19.1 points per game on 47 percent shooting last year at Duke University.
Fun fact: His family tree includes second cousins who have played (or are playing) in the NFL and the PGA Tour.
Twitter: @JabariParker
Instagram: Jabari Parker
Facebook: Jabari Parker

Ersan Ilyasova, forward
Need to know: Had lowest point and rebound production since 2010-11 last season.
Fun fact: Outside of basketball, baseball is his favorite sport.
Instagram: ersanilyasova7

Larry Sanders, center
Need to know: Played in just 23 games last year due to injury and suspension. In final, full-game performance had 25 points and 15 rebounds on Feb. 5.
Fun fact: Grew eight inches over his last three years of high school and another two in college.
Twitter: @LarrySanders

Kendall Marshall, guard
Need to know: Averaged 8.8 assists in just 29 minutes per game.
Fun fact: His father, Dennis, coached him in youth soccer.
Twitter: @KButter5
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iPhoneogram: @shammgodsantiago
Facebook: Kendall Marshall

Khris Middleton, guard
Need to know: Played in all 82 games for the Bucks last season.
Fun fact: Has a cousin, Josh Powell, who has also played in the NBA.
Twitter: @Khris22m
Instagram: k_mid22
Facebook: Khris Middleton

Giannis Antetokounmpo, guard-forward
Need to know: Contributed a 1.1 defensive win share to the team as a rookie.
Fun fact: Second-year player grew two inches from the time he was drafted through the summer.
Twitter: @G_ante34
Instagram: @giannis_ante34
Facebook: Giannis Antetokounmpo

John Henson, forward
Need to know: Recorded 11 double-doubles last season.
Fun fact: Knocks on wood for good luck.
Twitter: @_John_Henson_
Facebook: John Henson

Zaza Pachulia, center
Need to know: Had a 14.0 Player Efficiency Rating (PER) last year, his highest since 2011-12, and tied for second highest since 2007-08.
Fun fact: Holds citizenship in Georgia and Turkey.
Twitter: @zaza27
Instagram: zazapachulia

Jared Dudley, forward
Need to know: From 2010-13, averaged 11.3 points per game and shot 39.7 percent from 3-point line.
Fun fact: Appeared as a basketball player named "Moses" in film Movie 43 – which also included Larry Sanders.
Twitter: @JaredDudley619
Facebook: Jared Dudley

Jerryd Bayless, guard
Need to know: Has a 5:2 assist-to-turnover ratio per 36 minutes.
Fun fact: Has made two holes-in-one on the golf course.
Twitter: @jerrydbayless
Facebook: Jerryd Bayless

Nate Wolters, guard
Need to know: Averaged 8.5 points and 3.6 assists in his 31 starts last year.
Fun fact: Was drafted by the Washington Wizards.
Twitter: @NateWolters
Instagram: nate_wolters6

Johnny O’Bryant, forward
Need to know: Just the 14th player in LSU history to record 1,000 points and 700 rebounds in his career.
Fun fact: Is from Cleveland … Mississippi.
Twitter: @OBryant_The3rd
Facebook: Johnny O’Bryant III

Damien Inglis, forward
Need to know: Averaged 4.6 points and 3.6 rebounds for the French team Chorale Roanne Basket.
Fun fact: Left French Guyana by himself at the age of 14 to pursue his basketball career.
Twitter: @DamienINGLIS

Jim Owczarski is an award-winning sports journalist and comes to Milwaukee by way of the Chicago Sun-Times Media Network.

A three-year Wisconsin resident who has considered Milwaukee a second home for the better part of seven years, he brings to the market experience covering nearly all major and college sports.

To this point in his career, he has been awarded six national Associated Press Sports Editors awards for investigative reporting, feature writing, breaking news and projects. He is also a four-time nominee for the prestigious Peter J. Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism, presented by the Chicago Headline Club, and is a two-time winner for Best Sports Story. He has also won numerous other Illinois Press Association, Illinois Associated Press and Northern Illinois Newspaper Association awards.

Jim's career started in earnest as a North Central College (Naperville, Ill.) senior in 2002 when he received a Richter Fellowship to cover the Chicago White Sox in spring training. He was hired by the Naperville Sun in 2003 and moved on to the Aurora Beacon News in 2007 before joining

In that time, he has covered the events, news and personalities that make up the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, NCAA football, baseball and men's and women's basketball as well as boxing, mixed martial arts and various U.S. Olympic teams.

Golf aficionados who venture into Illinois have also read Jim in GOLF Chicago Magazine as well as the Chicago District Golfer and Illinois Golfer magazines.