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2011 NBA Offseason: Milwaukee Bucks

Draft Grades, Offseason Needs, Free Agents

Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, David Kay and Peter Christian of the The Sports Bank. Send Paul an e-mail here: paulb05 AT hotmail DOT com.
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Milwaukee Bucks (Last Year: 35-47)

2011 NBA Draft Team Grade:

I liked Tobias Harris the college player better than I like him as a potential NBA player, but he does have a lot of upside. Jon Leuer is a very solid get at No. 40 and will add some versatility to the frontcourt. Factor in the trade Milwaukee made, and I think they certainly got a little better. (Team Grade: Makes sense)

Live 2011 NBA Draft Grades:

19. Tobias Harris, F, Tennessee
My biggest concern with Harris is that he is a tweener forward who is not physical enough to be a three but not quick enough to be a three. The Bucks did just trade Corey Maggette though so they did have a need for a small forward. (Pick Grade: Meh)

40. Jon Leuer, PF, Wisconsin
I covered Leuer extensively in college. He has a nice inside/outside game to go along with great size at 6-11. He could find a role in Milwaukee who needs a versatile scorer in their frontcourt. (Pick Grade: LOVE IT!)

*** 2011 NBA Offseason Needs and Free Agents listed below this comment box. ***

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johnathan spencer 06-08-2014 03:01 pm (total posts: 1)
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I would like to see my milwaukee bucks draft in the second round demanded Kane and Isaiah Austin.
Della 01-02-2014 07:31 am (total posts: 1)
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Your post has lifetd the level of debate
Justus 01-02-2014 12:44 am (total posts: 1)
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Superior thinking detonsmrated above. Thanks!
DOT FOGET BOUT IGGAY! 06-18-2013 12:08 am (total posts: 1)
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Andre Igguadala is the coolest name in the NFL for real
brian 10-30-2012 12:23 am (total posts: 1)
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luc richard mbah a mounte coolest name in the nba
Sulamita 09-29-2012 10:05 am (total posts: 1)
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Come on, get it done!I have not watched the NBA since they left Vancouver. If they would be back, I would be back too.Miss going to the games a lot. NBA games were a lot more fan fdilnrey then the Canucks games but I would support both(and the Lions in summer/fall).
Tim Seward 06-29-2012 10:30 am (total posts: 1)
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100% agree. I was surprised by both picks. Where is Lamb going to get his shots with Jennings and Ellis not passing the ball. Henson will not see the court and will flame out or be D-League fodder.
chow 08-22-2011 03:49 pm (total posts: 1)
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yeah I think that trade was a pretty big joke, I mean this past year was a total let down. They didnt lose any players from the year before and they do this much worse?? Hopefully harris can perform like they person they think he will be.
Lainey 07-05-2011 07:46 am (total posts: 1)
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None can doubt the veracity of this aritlce.
Bucks guru 07-04-2011 08:03 pm (total posts: 1)
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I have been a bucks fan my whole life and this off season is trash. We get Jackson who can't get along with anybody. Jacks up a shot every time he touchs the ball and can't play defense. We get offen injured Shaun Livingston and Crap over paid Beno Udrih. The draft meh.. Not much flash or sizzle to it.

For the Bucks to be a playoff team a few things need to happen. Bogut needs to return to form he was not 100% last year. Jennings needs to make a major jump up. Sanders needs to become a Dwight howard type of defenseive player. Last but not least Jackson needs to get his acted togather stop acting like a frickin pannsy and play like a real player.
BJ 06-28-2011 10:30 am (total posts: 2)
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plus Leuer will benefit from teams doubling other guys and ball rotation kicking it to him for open jump shots.
TD Buck 06-25-2011 11:08 pm (total posts: 2)
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Leuer averaged 18 points on a team that only scored 62 per game. He will help early on both ends of the floor-
TD Bucks 06-25-2011 11:04 pm (total posts: 2)
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Tobias Harris is going to be a pleasant surprise.
Tobias Harris:
With his team and coach falling apart, he had a terrific March=really peaked-he has huge upside as he should grow taller, get stronger, and improve his coordination-Harris is a cross between Bob Dandrige, Marcus Johnson, and Paul Pressey.

Jon Leuer was suppressed in Bo's offense and should really bloom in the NBA where they don't play defense as strong as the Big Ten-no weak side help.
mprofetta 06-24-2011 08:33 pm (total posts: 1)
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Scott Skiles stresses defense...Jimmer would have been a bad fit.
David Kay 06-24-2011 05:13 pm (total posts: 1)
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Keeping Jimmer was never even an option... that pick was going to the Kings regardless of who was on board...

2010-11 Season Summary:
A year after earning the six seed in the Eastern Conference, the Bucks felt they were a couple of pieces away from being one of the top four teams out East. So general manager John Hammond inked John Salmons and Drew Gooden to long-term deals and traded for Corey Maggette and his hefty contract. Rather than taking a step toward the next level, the Bucks disappointed last season and missed the playoffs. So what went wrong?

Injuries are a great place to start. Coming off a terrific rookie season, Brandon Jennings missed 19 games, forcing Milwaukee to rely on Keyon Dooling and Earl Boykins to run the point. When Jennings got healthy, it took him a while to return to his old self, and his production was sporadic.

Three other expected starters missed lengthy periods as well. Andrew Bogut was sidelined for 17 games, Carlos Delfino for 33 games, and Gooden for 47 games. The Bogut and Gooden injuries were especially damaging to the team when they crossed over because it left Milwaukee incredibly thin up front and relying on the likes of Larry Sanders, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Ersan Ilyasova. Maggette was also banged up during the year and Michael Redd was never a factor as he continued to recover from a second torn ACL.

Salmons was healthy for most of the season but really struggled with his shot, hitting just 41.5 percent from the field. Chris Douglas-Roberts showed flashes at times but failed to find a consistent spot in Scott Skiles' rotation.

Now the Bucks enter the offseason in need of some upgrades but have little cap flexibility due to the moves Hammond made last offseason.

2011-12 Projected Depth Chart:

C: Andrew Bogut/Larry Sanders

PF: Drew Gooden/^Luc Richard Mbah a Moute/Ersan Ilyasova/Jon Brockman/Jon Leuer

SF: Carlos Delfino/Tobias Harris

SG: Stephen Jackson

PG: Brandon Jennings/Beno Udrih/Keyon Dooling/Shaun Livingston

NBA Free Agents:

SG-Michael Redd (UFA)

PG-Earl Boykins (UFA)

^F-Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (RFA)

SG-Chris Douglas-Roberts (UFA)

Offseason Transactions:

Bucks acquire SG Stephen Jackson, PG Beno Udrih, PG Shaun Livingston, and 19th pick (Tobias Harris) in 3-team trade for SG John Salmons, SF Corey Maggette, and 10th pick (Jimmer Fredette)

2010-11 Team Salary: Approximately $51.9 million

NBA Offseason Needs:

1. Scorers: Fun fact: the Bucks were 33-11 this past season when they scored more than 90 points in a game. You know that a Scott Skiles-coached team is going to get after it on the defensive end, but the numbers speak for themselves about what happens when the Bucks combined their defensive effort with scoring the basketball.

An easy solution for Milwaukee upping their offensive production next season would be getting healthy and having Salmons return to the level he played when the Bucks acquired him for the stretch run of the 2009-10 season. However, it certainly would not hurt to have some more scoring punch especially off the bench.

2. Athletic Wing: Of the returning Bucks players, Jennings is really the only one who can use his quickness to get to create off the bounce on a regular basis. Salmons and Delfino are more jump shooters, while Maggette relies on his strength to overpower opponents and get to the free throw line. Milwaukee could use an athletic wing who can slash to the basket especially with a hole at the two guard since Michael Redd and Chris Douglas-Roberts are free agents.

3. Backup Center: Andrew Bogut has been injury-prone the past few seasons and the Bucks do not have a true backup center. Gooden could play spurts in the middle as could Larry Sanders, but Milwaukee should look to add a true big man. Addressing this need will likely have to come via free agency since the 2011 NBA Draft is very thin of true center prospects.

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