Milwaukee Bucks: Rookie Jon Leuer Shines in Loss to Chicago Bulls

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Milwaukee Bucks: Rookie Jon Leuer Shines in Loss to Chicago Bulls
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Jon Leuer scored 19 points on 81.8 percent shooting and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes of play last night.

Leuer was a star during his last two years with the Wisconsin Badgers before being picked 40th overall in the 2011 NBA draft.

He's been posting strong numbers for a rookie from the second round for the Milwaukee Bucks. Leuer is a 6-foot-10 forward with good range. He's shooting a solid 56.2 percent on the season.

The Bucks received devastating news that their starting center, Andrew Bogut, will be out at least eight to twelve weeks, leaving a 7'0" and 260 pound rebound-grabbing, shot-blocking hole in their roster.

While Leuer can't fill that hole, it does free up more space in the Bucks' frontcourt.

Leuer is just a rookie and needs minutes on the court to develop, especially with this condensed season leaving only a precious few days for practice.

Watching Leuer score a career-high 19 points was exciting; he proved that his versatility is special.

He shot the three, he drove to the basket, he rebounded well and he even did a little work in the post.

The Bucks aren't looking at making a dent in the postseason. This is another season for development.

Star point guard Brandon Jennings and Leuer need the full confidence of their coach to make a postseason run.

Hasn't a rookie who scored 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting earned a few more minutes each game?

Give the kid a chance.

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