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Drew Gooden has had a solid offensive year for the Bucks. The regularity in which he hits the 20-foot jumper from the top of the key has been a nice addition to the team.
He is a big who spreads the floor and draws defenders with his perimeter game. He has the ability to go off for 20 points on any given night.
Despite his solid offensive game, he is not a capable defender at the center position. His shot blocking is in non-existent at times. He is slow to rotate and give help from the weak side on driving players. In the first quarter, the Thunder got to the rim at will where there was no Buck help waiting.
Gooden is better suited as a change-of-pace guy to give you an offensive boost off of the bench, similar to Mike Dunleavy.
The player who should be starting at center is Ekpe Udoh. He is young and a little green on offense. But the guy is going to get after it when it comes to blocked shots, and he has the lateral movement to help from the weak side against slashing opponents.
Serge Ibaka showed last night with five blocks in the first quarter what a defensive stopper can do to a team. The Bucks were thinking and hesitating around the rim, which is going to throw off an offense.
Ekpe is no Ibaka yet. But he has the potential to take his game to a whole new level. The Bucks are getting exposed defensively, and putting Udoh in the starting lineup can solve a bit of that problem.