Milwaukee Bucks: Team Eager to Start Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings Era

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IMarch 21, 2012

Monta Ellis.
Monta Ellis.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

One team that may have benefited the most by making a trade prior to the deadline is the Milwaukee Bucks.

General manager John Hammond decided that it was time to move on from their former No. 1 overall draft pick and bring in a true scorer in hopes of making a move to take them out of being just an average team.

The Bucks started the trade week by acquiring Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson.

Acquiring Ellis, who has shown that he is indeed a scoring machine during his tenure in Golden State and placing him the same backcourt as youngster Brandon Jennings, significantly improves the Bucks.

Head coach Scott Skiles also gets an opportunity to work with the Bucks' new backcourt which should get more dangerous as Ellis and Jennings play together longer.

Additionally, moving Bogut allows for more playing time to be distributed to Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Drew Gooden and Ersan Ilyasova who have been playing great basketball as of late. Gooden has been averaging 19.1 points per game during the month of March including an impressive triple-double versus the Cleveland Cavaliers (15, 10 and 13).

With veterans Carlos Delfino, Mike Dunleavy Jr., Shaun Livingston and Beno Udrih on the roster, the Bucks have an interesting combination of players to experiment with during the remainder of the regular season.

Also Udoh, Larry Sanders, rookie Tobias Harris and Jon Leuer along with other players could be used in allocated minutes giving the team a deeper lineup to keep them relatively fresh.

The bottom line is that the Bucks now have a core group moving forward and with their recent play are expected to battle the New York Knicks for a playoff spot.