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2010 NBA Draft Results: Bucks Think Big

Troy SparksColumnistJune 25, 2010

ATLANTA - MAY 2:  Center Andrew Bogut #6 of the Milwaukee Bucks sits on the bench with an injury during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 2, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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You can send a message to Milwaukee center Andrew Bogut to Austrailia that help for him is on the way. The Bucks made that happen with their picks in the first and second rounds.

At No. 15 overall, Milwaukee chose Larry Sanders, a big man who can run the floor and block shots.

I like the pick, even though I haven't seen much of Sanders last year.

He played at Virginia Commonweallth in the weak Colonial Athletic Association Conference. Sanders will help shore up the paint and has the ability to make opponents think twice about driving the lane.

The Bucks' brass actually had Sanders good as gone before it was their turn.

Once Houston selected Kentucky forward Patrick Patterson at 14, the coaching staff in the draft war room exchanged high fives. That cleared the way to get their man.

Hammond and head coach Scott Skiles came down from the second floor of the Bucks' training center to face the media after making their picks at 37, 44, and 47.

"(Sanders) is probably one the fastest big (man) in the draft," Hammond said.

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"The guys' speed from end line to end line is absolutely amazing."

They're also high on Sanders' athletic ability to change shots.

"Players started to realize that . . .  'Why drive the ball if you're not gonna get to the basket?' " Hammond said.  "I think he changed a lot of shots along the way though."

Skiles agreed. "People stop going in (the lane) when balls are getting batted out of there."

New Mexico's Darington Hobson at No. 37 was a guard in college. He might play the off guard or small forward position.

The Bucks think that Hobson can even run the point guard position.

Multitalented players go a long ways in the NBA.

Jerome Jordan, chosen No. 44, from Tulsa, is considered a project.  The 7-footer also has the knack to block shots. Jordan is one several players in the draft that stayed in school all four years. He was the draft pick that Golden State sent to Milwaukee as part of the Corey Maggette trade earlier this week for Charlie Bell and Dan Gadzuric.

Keith "Tiny" Gallon, from Oklahoma, was chosen by the Bucks at No. 47. A source told me Gallon could be under investigation for accepting money. Gallon played one season for the Sooners.  He was a high school teammate of Brandon Jennings at Oak Hill Academy for one year.

Skiles said he told Jennings they were going to pick Gallon if he was still there at 47.

The 6-foot-9 freshman must shed lots of weight from his 296 pound frame.

Now that the picks are in, let's see if the Bucks have what it takes to move past the first round of the pllayoffs.