The Milwaukee Bucks have had a disappointing season so far. That could change once Carlos Delfino gets back into the lineup. But what will the Bucks do with John Salmons and the now healthy Chris Douglas-Roberts, while also getting Corey Maggette playing time without taking any time away from Delfino and the rest of the guys?
The Bucks starters will be Brandon Jennings, John Salmons, Carlos Delfino, Drew Gooden and Andrew Bogut. The sixth man being Corey Maggette, which means that CDR will likely be last into the game (out of these guards/small forwards), but should still get solid minutes.
Delfino is the key to the Bucks success right now. He was shooting 37 percent from three before the injury, and 42 percent from the field. Delfino also leads the Bucks in steals with 1.6 per game and a total of 11 in seven games.
Maggette is another key because of his ability to get to the free throw line. Maggette has gone 89-of-107 so far from the line. He is first in free throws per 48 minutes with 11.98. His 38 percent from the field is not too bad either, considering he puts up a lot of bad shots to get fouled.
Salmons is not playing too well for the Bucks this season. He is only averaging about 13 a game, but is shooting 36 percent from the three point line. If the Bucks are looking at making it through the first round, or right now even making it to the playoffs, Salmons will need to score about 18 points per game.
The Bucks need Salmons, Delfino and Maggette to play, but do they need CDR?
Douglas-Roberts has been pretty good for the Bucks with Delfino out. He has knocked down four-of-11 three pointers, and has also made 14-of-33 field goals. Douglas-Roberts will get time because of this superb shooting. He is also scoring 10.5 points a game.
Could this affect Keyon Dooling? The answer to that is yes. Dooling and Jennings play alongside each other quite a bit. If Skiles wants these others to get the right amount of minutes, it means that it could affect Jennings and Dooling at the same time because Skiles will have to take Jennings out to put Dooling in.