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When the Bucks selected Larry Sanders with the 15th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, he was expected to be an athletic forward capable of running the floor.
His ability to block shots figured to translate well to the NBA immediately as a rookie. Sanders made a slow transition to the professional level, but his minutes have nearly doubled in his third NBA season.
The Bucks are loaded at power forward. Sanders, Ersan Ilyasova, John Henson, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Drew Gooden all share time at the position.
But from last year to now, no player on the Bucks roster has improved as much as Sanders.
In just 23.7 minutes per game, Sanders is averaging 7.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and three blocks. Over the course of 48 minutes, those numbers translate to 15.5 points, 15.1 rebounds and six blocks. So, there's that.
The Bucks are currently 12-10 and in second place in the Central Division. With a talented backcourt in Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, Sanders will be increasingly important as Milwaukee makes a push towards the postseason.