The Milwaukee Bucks: Building Around Andrew Bogut With an Eye on 2011

February 26th, 2010 by Tom Delamater Leave a reply »
If the NBA playoffs started today, the Milwaukee Bucks would be the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference—ahead of such presumed participants as the Miami Heat and the Charlotte Bobcats.
How did that happen? They haven’t had a taste of the postseason since 2006, and haven’t made a serious run at anything since 2001.

Things are changing in Brewtown however, as the Bucks have rattled off five straight victories to climb above .500 for the first time in almost three months.

The key to the surge has been the tandem of center Andrew Bogut and newly acquired forward John Salmons.

Bogut is averaging 19 points and 13.6 rebounds a game during the streak, while Salmons, acquired from the Chicago Bulls on Feb. 18, is averaging better than 18 points a game over the same span.

Brandon Jennings continues to benefit from on-the-job training at point guard. The rookie has slowed down considerably since his 55-point outburst against Golden State in November, but still leads the Bucks in both scoring (16.4 points) and assists (6.1) per contest.

Coach Scott Skiles would like to see Jennings’ shooting percentage and ...

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