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.
A little late on this par but here goes: Houston -134 and if time available going in the second tier spot the Dodgers either with the high ML or I may go the way of the RL. Another: Colorado -134, two open. Another: Nats -149, two open. Another: Boston -200 (Sale), two open. GL tonight folks.
With every sports outlet picking the Titans, I feel they are overrated. I had them underrated last year but loved their o-line. They keep referencing before Mariota got injured. The thing is they were getting killed by the Jaguars before that injury. They pulled out some huge wins vs KC and GB but also struggled in their own division. I also wonder how Mariota's injury heals for this season as it was late in the season. I think they will be more of a .500 team that keeps games close. Hopefully, that means they cover the spread as underdogs.