3 Ways Brandon Jennings and Andrew Bogut Can Be 1-2 Punch for Milwaukee Bucks
On any given game night, Scott Skiles must compare his Milwaukee Bucks squad against the opposition. On most nights, he will have an advantage at the point guard and center positions.
There are very few teams that have strong players at both of these positions. As the best players and co-faces of the franchise, Brandon Jennings and Andrew Bogut need to become Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder of the NBA.
Here are a few things these two players can do to give the Bucks that dynamic duo they'll need to be relevant next season.
3. Improve Chemistry
Anyone who follows both Bogut and Jennings on Twitter knows that they occasionally will tweet at each other, but beyond that, why are they not spending time together in the offseason? Unless they are doing it extremely under the radar, there is no evidence that these guys see each other at all outside of the office.
Chemistry is a huge part of any team's success. Anyone who watched the Bucks last year could see that the team was not always on the same page.
I have seen more chemistry in my rec league at the YMCA.
Between Bogut and Jennings, you could not have more different people. Jennings is a flashy, fiery young guy from Compton, CA. Bogut is a seven-foot monster from Australia that has a funny accent.
Obviously, they will not be having dinner parties at each other's houses.
If they could spend a few weeks every summer together just learning each other's style, it would translate greatly to the court. They would be able to know where the other player will be and what he is thinking.
When you reach the point where you no longer have to think about it and you just do it, you have a recipe for success as a duo on the court.
The pick-and-roll should be gold for the Milwaukee Bucks.
There were numerous times last year where the Bucks would feebly attempt for a decent shot, only to settle for a contested jump shot by someone who probably should not have been taking it.
The pick-and-roll forces defenders to make a choice. When run effectively, either one of the players is going to have an opportunity to make it to the rim.
If the defenders switch assignments, you will have two mismatches. If they stay home, the Bucks will be in a position to beat their man to the basket. And if they make it to the basket and help defense shows up, you have guys like Stephen Jackson, Carlos Delfino, Ersan Ilyasova and Drew Gooden who can hit an open jumper a good percentage of the time.
Not only will a better pick-and-roll game improve the games of Jennings and Bogut, it will improve the opportunities for the guys around them.
1. Improve the Jumper
Brandon and Andrew both have a glaring hole in their game: the mid-range jumper.
A center like Andrew Bogut will get plenty of opportunities for jumpers. Right now, not many teams respect his jump-shooting ability, and stay home near the basket for help defense.
If Bogut can stay in the gym and take hundreds of mid-range jumpers, it will open up the floor. This allows for more driving lanes to the hoop, which should help during the cold offensive streaks the Bucks often find themselves in.
Jennings is one of the quickest and most agile points in the league. These attributes, along with his dribbling ability, allow him to shake defenders.
He can get an open jump shot at will. Improving his jump shot will force defenders to play him closer, and give him more opportunities to drive to the hoop.
In the last couple of seasons, there has been much skepticism surrounding Jennings and Bogut. Love them or hate them, they are the future for the Milwaukee Bucks.
If they can work on the three aspects of their basketball relationship we have outlined in this article, they may become the deadly duo Milwaukee fans have been clamoring for.
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