Milwaukee Bucks: What Went Wrong this Season for Brandon Jennings and Co.?
The Milwaukee Bucks had great expectations heading into the 2010-2011 season; it’s easy to say they didn’t live up to the hype. After winning 46 games last season, the Bucks hold a terrible 31-46 record with five games left. There are many reasons for what went wrong with the Bucks this season, including injuries, terrible shooting throughout the season and inconsistent performances among key players.
Injuries, Injuries, Injuries, and More Injures
The Bucks have not had a full practice with everyone on their 15-man roster all season. That says enough doesn’t it? Every starter has missed games. Brandon Jennings missed around two months with a broken foot. John Salmons missed games on and off with a hip injury. Carlos Delfino missed two months with a concussion and is now day-to-day with a rib contusion. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has missed a few games on and off. Andrew Bogut has missed games on and off with muscle strains.
The bench players have also missed a lot of games. Drew Gooden has only played in 29 games this season. Ersan Ilyasova has only played in 56 games and is currently out with a concussion. Almost every other bench player has missed at least a few games here and there.
Let’s not forget about Michael Redd, who has played in just five games all season after coming off a horrible knee injury.
It’s never a player's fault when he gets injured, so you can’t put the blame on the guys that missed games.
What do the Bucks need to do this offseason?
Team Shooting Percentage 42%
All year long, the Bucks have been shooting terribly. Brandon Jennings leads the Bucks in FGA with 844 and is shooting 38 percent. Jennings' 38 percent is a team low. Salmons is shooting 40 percent compared to last season’s 46 percent. All in all, the Bucks are shooting really bad. They’ve been shooting like this all year and this is a key reason they are most likely not going to make the playoffs.
They have been forcing bad shots and settling for bad shots all season; when you settle for a bad shot, it’s most likely not going to find its way through the net.
The “Big Offseason Acquisitions” Didn’t Live Up To the Hype
This summer the Bucks re-signed John Salmons and made moves to get Drew Gooden and Corey Maggette. With those being the bigger moves, the Bucks also signed Keyon Dooling and Chris Douglas-Roberts.
Last season John Salmons was averaging around 20 points per game. This season he’s scoring around 13 points per game. That’s a huge difference. Drew Gooden averaged around 15 points per game last season along with nine rebounds per game. This season he’s scoring around 11 points per game with seven rebounds. Once again, a huge difference. Corey Maggette averaged around 20 points per game along with five rebounds per game. This season he’s averaging around 12 points and three rebounds per game. Again, a big difference.
See the differences between last season and this current season? They’re very noticeable, not just a .3 or .4 difference in points per game. Obviously all these players cannot come to a team and still average 20 points per game when there are already players who score a lot. But when you got from 20 points per game to 12 points per game, it’s a big deal.
Can you put this one of the GM? No, because how is John Hammonds supposed to know that these players wouldn’t produce like they were supposed to? The blame gets put on the players that didn’t step up.
The 2010-2011 Milwaukee Bucks roster looked great on paper. So much for getting a fifth seed, as was predicted by many journalists. The Bucks will need to fill the void of a backup center and somehow acquire a scorer, whether it is through trade, free agency, or the 2011 NBA Draft. With Redd’s huge contract being lifted off the Bucks shoulders, they should be able to sign a quality player and look to make a playoff run next season.
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