They addressed a lot of needs. Pass rush, depth, center and a replacement for gates. People get caught up in protecting Rivers. Pass blocking wasn't the problem, it was run blocking due to a massive injury bug that plagued the whole season. Tuerk had an ACL tear... its very possible today to come back from such an injury. I like that we focused on depth at linebacker. Teo isn't the answer. Bosa WILL fit in our defense. we ran a nickel 70% of the time. He opens things up for the linebackers which allows the secondary to make plays. Talesco did a good job. They deserve a B at least.
I'm more optimistic but the grade is about right. If Zeke has a good year, we get through the first four games and our key players stay healthy it's a good step. I think Smith will work out. The cowboys team doctor performed the surgery, he's probably the most capable member of the cowboys. If we go into next year having won ten games, turned out with four starters from this draft with a top five potential rb, a 90 percent smith, improved byron, Lawrence, Gregory and two of our later picks pan out we should be Happy. We'll bring in more pass rushers and corners by next year. I really believe most of those things could happen and we can make a run in the second and third year of this window. Obviously a disaster has a 50 percent chance of happening with the cowboys but that would doom the season anyways. Ramsey wasn't all we needed to get to the promise land, and I don't think he was the piece that was taking us to a Superbowl. We're still close to being close. Would have preferred Payton Lynch, but not enough to be tied to him. Also, not trading with Baltimore was just stupid. We'd have another 4th round DE coming into camp.
10. Brandon Jennings, PG, Italy
Jennings could be great or a bust. We'll find out in a couple years I guess. The Bucks did need a point guard and could use some excitement on their roster. I didn't love Jrue Holiday either so he or Jennings would have gotten a "meh". (Pick Grade: Meh)
41. Jodie Meeks, SG, Kentucky
Having dealt Richard Jefferson, the Bucks needed to add some depth on the wing. Meeks is known as a big scorer and could be a steal. (Pick Grade: Makes Sense)
2009 NBA Offseason Transactions:
Spurs sign SG Keith Bogans
Timberwolves sign PG Ramon Sessions
Bucks announce retirement of SF Bruce Bowen
Bucks acquire G/F Carlos Delfino and PG Roko Ukic from Raptors for PF Amir Johnson and SG Sonny Weems
Bucks cut G Salim Stoudamire
Bucks cut SF Bruce Bowen
Bucks sign PF Hakim Warrick
Nuggets acquire PF Malik Allen from Bucks for PF Walter Sharpe and SG Sonny Weems
Pistons sign PF Charlie Villanueva
Pistons acquire C Fabricio Oberto from Bucks for PF Amir Johnson
Bucks acquire SF Bruce Bowen, PF Kurt Thomas and C Fabricio Oberto for SF Richard Jefferson
2008-09 Season Summary:
Despite finishing fourteen games below .500 and missing the playoffs for a third straight season, 2008-2009 was not a complete disappointment in Milwaukee. Consider that Michael Redd and Andrew Bogut combined to play in just 69 games, and the Bucks still managed to improve by eight games. First year head coach Scott Skiles had a lot to do with that, bringing over his hard-nosed basketball philosophy and actually getting the Bucks to play some defense.
2009-10 Projected Depth Chart:
C: Andrew Bogut/Dan Gadzuric
PF: Hakim Warrick/Ersan Ilyasova/Luc Richard Mbah a Moute/Kurt Thomas/Walter Sharpe
1. Point Guard - Luke Ridnour is the final year of his contract and is not the long-term answer while Ramon Sessions is eligible for free agency this off-season. A point guard is likely the direction the Bucks will go with their lottery pick seeing as young talent like Brandon Jennings, Jonny Flynn, and Ty Lawson could be on the board.
2. Defensive-minded big man - Milwaukee has been lacking a true shot blocking presence for a few years now. Andrew Bogut is smoother around the basket than he is a banger and Dan Gadzuric has one of the worst contracts in the NBA (two years left worth $13 million.) Mbah a Moute is not a true power forward and Charlie Villanueva is more of a perimeter player than an inside threat. Even if Francisco Elson or Malik Allen exercise their player options, the Bucks should still look at acquiring another big man.
3a. More depth on the wing - It was evident how thin the Bucks were on the wing when Michael Redd tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee and was lost for the season. Charlie Bell is a serviceable back-up shooting guard, but nothing more than that and there is the possibility that Redd may not fully recover in time for the start of next season.
3b. Assert the following rule: No cell phones allowed in the locker room - This way, Charlie Villanueva does not update his Twitter status during half-time of a game thus staying out of Scott Skiles' doghouse.