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

D BContributor IIIJanuary 28, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 27: Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls passes the ball over Jon Leuer #30 of the Milwaukee Bucks at the United Center on January 27, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Bucks 107-100. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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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.