The Milwaukee Bucks have lost their leading scorer, Michael Redd, for the remainder of the season.
As it stands right now, the Bucks are barely hanging on to the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but I'm sure you can throw that out the window now.
Even with the loss of Redd, the 22-25 Bucks will be able to improve from last year's win total of 25, but now I'm not sure by how much.
Redd is in his ninth year with Milwaukee, dating back to when he was drafted by the Bucks back in 2000 in the second round as the 43rd overall pick.
He averaged 21.2 PPG this year, along with 3.2 RPG and 2.7 APG in 36.5 MPG. Redd moved into fifth place on the Bucks' all-time scoring list earlier this year. He is 184 points behind Bob Dandridge for fourth.
Now the Milwaukee Bucks will have to hang on to that eighth spot in the East without the face of the franchise the rest of the way. Redd was one of only six current Bucks who wore the green and red last year.
The eight new faces that GM John Hammond added in the offseason will really have to step up now, including the two rookies Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Joe "The Freak" Alexander.
Milwaukee lacks a back-up shooting guard to replace Redd down the line. They have four point guards on the team, but not really anybody to replace No. 22. Sure, Charlie Bell is on the roster, but would you really want him playing 35 minutes a night for your team?
The only good news is that Joe Alexander might actually begin to play substantial minutes now, but could he actually move into the starting lineup? A shift of Richard Jefferson to shooting guard might make this possible.
Well, head coach Scott Skiles definitely has his work cut out for him now as he continues to preach defense, defense, defense to his squad. Especially considering Michael Redd was just starting to buy into the whole idea himself.
I expect John Hammond to be making plenty of phone calls over the next couple of weeks before the trade deadline. He may look for a short-term solution to this problem, because, after all, the Bucks are in the playoff hunt.
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