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Position: Power Forward
Experience: 2 Seasons
Lost in the Milwaukee Bucks' decision to select John Henson in the 2012 NBA Draft has been Larry Sanders' incredible upside. As of this preseason, it appears that the promise of tomorrow is becoming the production of today.
And it couldn't have come at a better time.
Sanders has been very consistent thus far, averaging 7.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks on 19.2 minutes per game. Sanders is shooting an even 50.0 percent from the floor and beginning to expand his offensive game.
With Sanders still just 23 years old, the Bucks may have found their frontcourt of the future with he and Henson.
While this production is impressive, keep in mind that Sanders has long been a shot-blocking phenomenon. During the final month of the season, Sanders swatted 2.4 shots per game despite playing just 16.4 minutes per contest.
During the final three games of the year, Sanders averaged 4.0 blocks while playing the Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers and Philadelphia 76ers.
Minutes may be hard to come by for Sanders this season as Ersan Ilyasova and Samuel Dalembert have solidified their status as starters. For he and John Henson, however, such quality preseasons may have helped to carve out roles as quality reserves.
Sanders' development just took a major leap forward.
2012-13 Preseason Averages
19.2 MPG, 7.6 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 2.2 BPG, 50.0 FG%