Milwaukee Bucks Offseason
Most of us, Bucks fans for sure, saw the great play by the Bucks last season and their fight in the playoffs.
John Hammond being the smart man he is though, If we bring in some more veterans we could push farther in the playoffs. So what did he do? He added Drew Gooden, Corey Maggette, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Jon Brockman, and resigned John Salmons. Brockman, Maggette and Douglas-Roberts were acquired through trades. Those are the bigger additions. They also brought in Keyon Dooling and Earl Boykins to fill in the spot left open by Luke Ridnour. Who will be dearly missed by me. He was great.
Out of all the players just listed above I think Drew Gooden or Corey Maggette will have the biggest affect. Besides Salmons, because he was one of the main reasons the Bucks made the playoffs. But between Gooden and Maggette the Bucks will get a lot better. Gooden can play power forward or center, depending on where they put Bogut. This will mean they won’t be playing Ersan Illyasova at power forward. Don’t get me wrong, I love Ersan but he is 6’9. And Gooden is an inch taller and 20 pounds heavier. Two bigger bodies down low is what the Bucks need. Illyasova will still come in at the power forward but should play some more time at the small forward this season. Maggette is a great veteran that the Bucks need. He gets to the free throw line but can also pull down anywhere from 5 to 7 rebounds a game. Which will also help out, when Bogut was out, the Bucks had a hard time pulling down as many rebounds. He also can score, 16.6 points per game for his career to be exact.
Now to the Other Guys, and no I am not talking about Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. Chris Douglas-Roberts should be a great bench player. He will be the 5th or 6th man on this Bucks roster. You should be watching out for him as Most Improved Player of the Year. I predicted that in my “My Picks” article. (View it by going into my article archive.) Keyon Dooling and Earl Boykins, they should do a pretty good job filling in the spot left by Luke. They won’t be as good as Luke was but with the other players added the Bucks now have new strengths. I don’t know much about Mr. Brockman. He averaged 13.8 points a game in his last year of college. In his rookie year, he played in 52 games and averaged 2.8 points per game. I don’t know why everyone in Wisconsin is so excited about him. Guess I will have to wait and see him play this season.
With all these veterans and great players, it will be interesting to see who gets playing time. And how much. The Bucks also signed a few rookies who will be fighting for playing time.
Larry Sanders and Darington Hobson. The Bucks rookies. You also have Tiny Gallon who was signed but is not a guaranteed; I hope the Bucks don’t sign him. He looked out of shape in Summer League. Back to the real rookies. Sanders surprised me, I had heard very little about him when the Bucks took him. I later found out from watching him in Summer League and seeing college highlights that he is not that bad of a player. He is a tall guy that can hit 3s but also play like a power forward, down in the post. He showed great power on the defensive end. Blocking shots and pulling down rebounds. I don’t know a lot about Hobson’s game, he didn’t play in Summer League because of a groin injury. To see what Hobson has to say about the 2010 Season and his goals, visit my article archive.
Overall, I think the Bucks offseason was under the radar. While other General Managers were trying to snag LeBron or Bosh, Hammonds was sitting back and snatching up players the Bucks needed. I think the Bucks could give the Heat a legit fight. No team, especially the Bucks will go in saying were going to lose.
This season will bring some interesting match ups. The Bulls and Bucks for the Central Division title. It could come down to the last game. For sure it will be close the whole season.
All the players the Bucks added, their all just another reason to, Fear The Deer!!
By Zach Herring