2007 Milwaukee Bucks Season Preview
If the Bucks can’t make it to the post-season in 2007- 2008, then GM Larry Harris will be out. Milwaukee got to the playoffs in 2005- 2006 with 40 wins and then last season were out in the cold with only 28 victories. And even though they’ve been in the second season more times than not in the past five years, they’ve done precious little in the big tournament. Bucks ownership and fans expect more.
At center is Australian Andrew Bogut (.553 FG%, .200 3P%, .577 FT%, 8.8 RPG, 3.0 APG, 12.3 PPG), who Harris has decided to build this team around. Bogut had a tough time with former coach Terry Stotts and many feel he’ll do better under new coach Larry Krystkowiak. If Bogut were going to show some numbers, this would be the year. He is in his third season and his NBA comfort level should be much improved. Desmond Mason (.452 FG%, .000 3P%, .663 FT%, 4.6 RPG, 1.5 APG, 13.7 PPG) returns as a possible small forward. He’ll have competition from Bobby Simmons, who returns after a season where he did not play due to injury. Potential super star forward Charlie Villanueva (.470 FG%, .337 3P%, .820 FT%, 5.8 RPG, 0.9 APG, 11.8 PPG) has been a disappointment in his first two years.
Milwaukee’s backcourt can score points and shooting guard Michael Redd (.465 FG%, .382 3P%, .829 FT%, 3.7 RPG, 2.3 APG, 26.7 PPG) is the club’s one true star. Five-year point guard Mo Williams (.446 FG%, .346 3P%, .855 FT%, 4.8 RPG, 6.1 APG, 17.3 PPG) brings toughness, fine hands and some good court management skills. There’s depth in the backcourt that includes the versatile Charlie Bell (.437 FG%, .352 3P%, .780 FT%, 2.9 RPG, 3.0 APG, 13.5 PPG)—a true team player.
Last year Milwaukee looked solid in the first third of the season, and then injuries hobbled the club, and they never got back into their early season form. Some defense would be a big help for the Bucks, a team that can score points but hasn’t been able to stop others from doing so. The team had six guys who averaged double figures in 2006- 2007.