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2012 NBA Offseason: Milwaukee Bucks

Draft Grades, Offseason Needs, Free Agents

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Milwaukee Bucks (Last Year: 31-35)

Live 2012 NBA Draft Grades:

14. John Henson, F, North Carolina: D+ Grade
Best-player-available theory on this one since the Bucks already have two long, athletic, offensively-challenged power forwards in Ekpe Udoh and Larry Sanders. Plus, Milwaukee just traded for Samuel Dalmebert and still have Drew Gooden. No idea how Henson fits in here. I would have taken Moe Harkless.

42. Doron Lamb, G, Kentucky: A Grade
This is a terrific value for Milwaukee as Lamb was one of the best shooters in this draft. He isn't a great athlete, but should be able to replace Shaun Livingston as the backup shooting guard.

*** 2012 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...

2011-12 Season Summary:
The Bucks were grasping onto slim playoff hopes late in the season, but couldn't get the job done and finished ninth in the Eastern Conference. Missing out on the postseason for a second straight year didn't cost head coach Scott Skiles or general manager John Hammond their jobs though; the duo will return to Milwaukee next season.

The biggest development of the season was the team dealing former No. 1-overall pick and injury-riddled center Andrew Bogut for Monta Ellis. The trade added more offense and athleticism to the Bucks, but took away some of their defensive aggressiveness.

The deal also sent Stephen Jackson packing as his brief stint in Milwaukee proved to be a disaster. Ellis combined with Brandon Jennings to create a quick explosive, though undersized, backcourt that was too streaky at times.

Ersan Ilyasova took a major step forward providing the Bucks with a face-up four who could stretch the floor with his three-point shot and also bring solid energy to the floor. Veterans like Drew Gooden, Carlos Delfino, Mike Dunleavy, Beno Udrih, and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute played their roles, but the team overall lacked the star power and toughness inside to get over the hump and into the postseason.

2012-13 Projected Depth Chart:

C: Drew Gooden/samuel Dalembert

PF: Ekpe Udoh/Larry Sanders

SF: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute/Mike Dunleavy/Tobias Harris

SG: Monta Ellis

PG: Brandon Jennings/*Beno Udrih

NBA Free Agents:

*PG-Beno Udrih (PO)

PF-Ersan Ilyasova (UFA)

SF-Carlos Delfino (UFA)

C-Kwame Brown (UFA)

Offseason Transactions:

The Bucks acquire the 14th pick in 2012 NBA Draft and C Samuel Dalembert from the Rockets for the 12th pick, G Shaun Livingston, PF Jon Leuer, and F/C Jon Brockman.

2012-13 Team Salary: Approximately $43.9 million

NBA Offseason Needs:

1. Center: Since trading Andrew Bogut, the Bucks have had a hole in the middle for a true center. Drew Gooden filled that void admirably after Bogut was dealt, but Gooden is best suited at power forward. Larry Sanders and Ekpe Udoh can play some five but are more lengthy, athletic fours, so Milwaukee needs to add a true center who can bang around inside and bring some more scoring to the table since Udoh and Sanders are more defensive-minded players.

2. Small Forward: With Carlos Delfino a free agent, the team will be looking to add a starting caliber small forward. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Mike Dunleavy are quality role players, but really shouldn't be starting in the league. Tobias Harris is still unproven, so he probably isn't the answer either.

3. Guard Decisions: With Brandon Jennings becoming a restricted free agent after next season and Monta Ellis having a player option on his contract for 2013-2014, the Bucks should try to sign both guys to extensions if they think each player is part of the team's future. Milwaukee is not a hot-spot destination for free agents, so both guys might be inclined to test the market and eventually leave the franchise high and dry.

4. Re-sign Ilyasova?: Coming off his breakout season, Ilyasova hits free agency at the perfect time to cash in on a big contract. For Milwaukee, the question becomes: how much should it offer the versatile power forward? Ilyasova certainly will be due anywhere from six to nine million dollars per year, but was he just a one-hit wonder or an improving talent who will be worth the investment?

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