2005 Milwaukee Bucks Preview
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2005 Milwaukee Bucks Team Preview
There’s a new guy in Milwaukee and he’ll be starting for the Bucks. At 7-feet center Andrew Bogut, the first pick overall in this year’s NBA draft, will be difficult to miss. But will he be a miss? Rookie centers usually have an especially tough time in the NBA and rookie centers on a last place team and who are charged with carrying an unusual amount of the team burden really have the deck stacked against them.
What does Bogut bring to the court? He has an array of nifty moves when in the paint and is physically a defensive force. He can also set up teammates with sweet passes and hit shots from the perimeter. He’s a sound ball handler with a controlled dribble. As a sophomore at the University of Utah Bogut was NCAA Player-of-the-Year, leading the college ranks with 26 double-doubles, averaging 20.4 points, and picking 12.2 rebounds per game. He should be more than good in his first year, and he has the potential to be a superstar.
$15 million dollar-a-year player Michael Redd, at guard, racked up 23 points a game last season. Despite the fact that he was a free agent this year, he’s back with the Bucks, bringing with him a fearless drive to put the ball through the hoop. This year Redd could become the go-to guy when the game is on the line.
Guard T.J. Ford, who did not play last year due to injury, has mended and is ready to go. Nagging back problems sidelined him the entire 2004-05 season but if he stays healthy he can make instant transitions, creating one of the fastest breaks in the league. With Ford on the court the Bucks become gamers.
Milwaukee also managed to attract free agent Bobby Simmons who had a breakout year with the Clippers last season. Simmons, a talented swingman, hit for 16.4 points per game with Los Angeles. With small forward Desmond Mason and his 17.2 points per game, Simmons may be a potent starter or one of the most prolific sixth men in the league.
Can the Bucks do better that 30 and 52 this year? Odds are that they can. In fact there’s a good chance this Milwaukee club will be playoff bound.
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