Milwaukee Bucks Links: Mix-and-Match Edition

Andrew Bogut will be sorely missed by the Bucks while he recovers from an ankle injury. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE  When the season started, there was a lot of talk about the Milwaukee Bucks signing Joel Przybilla because they only had Bogut at center.  They needed a defensive anchor when Andrew wasn’t on the floor (which, sadly, will be all the time for a while.)

But in hindsight, perhaps Bogut was needed more as low-post threat on offense.  By my count, there are seven players on the Bucks roster who are best-suited to play power forward when on the court.  Isn’t it rather amazing then that none of them seem to be totally comfortable playing with their back to the basket?

Drew Gooden is a jump shooter. Ersan Ilyasova fills the same role and also crashes the offensive glass for good measure.  Luc, for all his defensive prowess, doesn’t add much of anything to the offense.  One could say the same for Sanders and Brockman, who don’t figure into the rotation anyway when Bogut is healthy.

In fact, here are the numbers for those five players in the low post (according to Synergy):

Ilyasova:  2/4 FG, 33.3% turnover rate

Gooden:  1/13 FG, 16.7% turnover rate

Mbah a Moute: 0/1 FG

Neither Sanders nor Brockman has a field goal attempt from the low post.

Well, that’s a hot mess now, isn’t it?

Small sample?  Absolutely, but that’s partly because these guys aren’t even a threat to try anything down low.

The one glimmer of hope comes from the rookies, Tobias Harris and Jon Leuer:

Harris: 9/11 FG, 7.7% turnover rate

Leuer: 4/9 FG, 9.1% turnover rate

Extrapolating Harris’ numbers is a dangerous game, because of the small sample size and the fact that some of it came in garbage time on the five-game West swing.  But….

With Bogut out, Ilyasova becomes a crucial cog for his defense, rebounding and size.  With whom should he be paired?  There’s an argument to be made to throw Tobias into the fire as a rotation player, both for his knack for scoring and for his athleticism.  Luc Mbah a Moute has a detailed blog, closely chronicling his action in each game.  In his most recent post, Mbah a Moute talks in his own words.   TrueHoop’s Henry Abbott points out that Luc seems a bit melancholy about not having the opportunity to play in Denver with his UCLA pal Arron Afflalo.  And why not?  The Nuggets looked like the greatest team in the world in two tilts with the Bucks.  Luc thinks they’re a serious threat in the West.  He may be right, too.

Journal Sentinel:  Andrew Bogut hurt his left ankle in Houston last night, left the game, and did not return.  X-rays didn’t reveal any extensive injuries, but Bogut underwent an MRI procedure today which revealed a fracture.  The Bucks announcement said that Bogut would be out “indefinitely”.

Forbes: (see also here):  The Bucks finished last in Forbes magazine’s annual NBA franchise value rankings.  The only silver lining:  With the new collective bargaining agreement in place, the Bucks now stand to take in about $16 million per year in shared revenue.

ESPN: In a related issue, the Bucks (as of January 26th) sit 28th out of 30 teams in home attendance.

The Basketball Jones:  Andrew Bogut as a doll.  A voodoo doll.  Ack.  That’s not even funny.

(By the way, if you didn’t already notice, our site has been rebranded.  No more defeatist title.  We’re now Behind the Buck Pass.  Hooray for us!  **self-congraulatory back pat**)

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