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If dude starts droppin 3's like I hope he will Im hittin up OG's and ask for a Doron and im sure they'll know exactly what im talkin bout
2 years, 5 months ago on 2012 Player Capsules: Doron Lamb
oops, I 4got that BG and the bearded one were also in that class, they are clearly top dawgs for 09
2 years, 5 months ago on Breaking down the Bucks in #NBARank 81-250
Brandon and Monta should both be Top 40..Monta maybe Top 30, Im anxious to see if Jennings is ranked higher than Tyreke Evans and lil Dell. Curry is probably best of the 3 but the fact that his ankles are made of glass should lower his standing beneath the other two gems of that class
Yet another reason why I believe Brandon Jennings should be given an extension he's a charitable guy and that always is good for team image
2 years, 6 months ago on Luc Mbah a Moute and Brandon Jennings give back this summer
Jellis...that's awesome i love it!...or Bronta? Either way I agree those two are going to be electric. Im also interested to see what Ers does to earn his paycheck. Small forward will be interesting. But I too am very excited, I think this is the year Jennings makes the All Star team. Should be a fun season
2 years, 6 months ago on 10 reasons to be excited for this Bucks season
@flyingking seriously, stop trolling
2 years, 7 months ago on Report: Joel Przybilla agrees to one-year-deal with Milwaukee Bucks
For veteran minimum this is a great signing. Bucks still have Full MLE to go after Pietrus who they were in talks with, Meeks is an option too but i'd much rather have Pietrus since I think Lamb could surpass Meeks
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2 years, 7 months ago on THE SEARCH FOR THE “Golden Slogan”
Tobias can score and bang the boards a bit. But until he can prove that he has the lateral quickness to defend NBA Small Forwards on a regular basis I think LRMAM has to start at the 3. The starting lineup of Jennings, Ellis, LRMAM, Ersan, Dalembert can score enough points between the guards and the front court crashing the boards.
The 2nd Unit looks even more intriguing having Harris, and Dunleavy (maybe even Lamb) for instant offense. Udrih's steady play at PG and some combination of Gooden, Henson, Udoh on the boards and anchoring the defense.
I am biased but i like all of those players and think they can all contribute in a positive way on the court and if Skiles can find the right rotations and the players fulfill the roles they are paid to do, this might be a decent team after all. Not by any means a championship team, but competitive and worth watching every night without wanting to gauge out ur own eyes.
2 years, 7 months ago on 10 things worth liking about Tobias Harris
I personally am okay with mediocrity in the sense of the Hawks, Pacers, Sixers, etc. At least they have something...NBA is probably going to end up contracting with all these "superfriend" teams in the next decade. I would rather see the Bucks still be a franchise and be mediocre than see them blow it up and be gone b4 they get a chance to really rebuild. Right now the Bucks are probably one of the most likely teams to be gone if contraction were to occur
2 years, 7 months ago on So is this Ersan Ilyasova deal a bargain, a steal or another in a long line of mistakes?
Here is a fun fact. This is the 28th consecutive year the Bucks season opener has began on the road
2 years, 7 months ago on Bucks 2012-13 Schedule Release
I remember a few years ago there was interest in Rush while he was on the Pacers, Skiles really likes his style of play, so I would like to see him as an addition. AK47 is not in our price range, but would have loved to have him on the team. He's either gonna be a Net or stay in Europe
2 years, 7 months ago on John Hammond is always looking to improve the Milwaukee Bucks
Im hoping Henson can get at least 12-15 minutes a game this year. That's going to be even more difficult if Przybilla or O' Neal come to town tho
2 years, 7 months ago on The Milwaukee Bucks - Now with talented young players too!
@JustinNixon yea u are right, I like the way he attacks and bullies to the hoop which reminds me of Maggs a bit, has great hands too. I hope he can devlop a good consistent outside shot and (or) have the lateral quickness to stay in front of NBA swingmen. He seems like a good person and a really hard worker, nice to see guys like that rewarded with PT
2 years, 7 months ago on Bucks fall to Wizards 78-75 in second Vegas Summer League game
Anybody else think that Tobias Harris resembles a young Maggette with his style of play?
@JustinNixon this is true, I suppose right now there are about 12-16 minutes a game free for the 2 guard, and I'd rather see Lamb out there than Dunleavy trying to guard athletic Shooting Guards
2 years, 7 months ago on Doron Lamb can do some scoring and other first 2012 Summer League impressions
2 years, 7 months ago on The DJ Mbenga Summer League Contest: Win a shirt from Million Dollar Ballers
I gave up on Larry personally once Ekpe showed up. I remember hearing last year at one point that Larry was among the league leaders in fouls per minute. Not surprising when I looked up that he averages 7.3 fouls per 36 minutes. I am really hoping Larry can turn it around and make a good showing for himself so a team is dumb enough to want to trade for him, I fear that is only a pipe dream though.
Doran Lamb looked very good but i think he is still a year away from seeing any significant playing time on this current roster.
Harris is the player I will be keeping a close eye on. If Tobias Harris can hit the corner jumper, provide some 3 point shooting and show good lateral quickness on defense, I think he can start at the 3 over LRMAM unless the prince has finally learned to shoot which I highly doubt.
Butch went to my high school so ive been a big fan of his for years unfortunately for him he is caught up in the Bucks PF logjam and wont get a chance to truly showcase his talent, if he makes his way to the NBA this season it's going to have to be through the D-League again. I Wish him the best of luck he's a good guy who's been hit by the injury bug like a ton of bricks throughout his basketball career. Hard to believe he was once the 9th best player in the country coming out of high school
2 years, 7 months ago on Milwaukee Bucks 2012 Summer League Schedule and Official Roster
@JustinNixon that is pretty funny, they're having basically the same conversations we all are on here
2 years, 7 months ago on Report: Milwaukee Bucks nearing 5-year, $45 million deal with Ersan Ilyasova
@sillybilly Hawes actually shoots about the same percentage as Ersan does, Ersan's 45% 3 point shooting season was most likely a statistical aberration and they are both at about 49% from the floor in general with the majority of Spencer's baskets coming from midrange. Hawes is a decent shot blocker (1.3 per game last year) Ers is a low post defensive liability, he cant body with the bigs much at all, taking charges is his best defensive skill and he's very apt at that but as we saw in games with actual 5's Ersan couldnt even stay on the court. Ex) as Jeremy has cited b4 the Knicks game where Chandler absolutely bullied Ersan off of the court in the biggest game of the season. That's an instance where having a true center would help, hopefully Dalembert fills that void. Still leaves about 20 minutes a game where the Bucks need a Center though because I dont see Sammy playing more than an average of 28 mins.
Small ball is what's "in" across the NBA right now but Ersan can not play the 5 at all, my guess is that Henson will also struggle if he has to play the 5 due to his rail thin frame. Gooden can try but he is also a liability defensively as last line of defense, Sanders gets in foul trouble far too often in his limited minutes and apparently he thinks he's Kendrick Perkins nowadays too with the way he was pickin up T's at the end of the year so I dont see him as an effective 5. Ekpe might be able to fill in at the backup 5 i'd say he's the Bucks best option for that right now.
Regardless I think it would have been nice to have Hawes to play the 5 for let's say 7 million a year instead of Ersan adding to the Power Forward logjam for 9 Million a year. Hawes is no bum, if you can play defense for Doug Collins then you can fit in and play defense for Scott Skiles as well.
2 years, 8 months ago on Report: Milwaukee Bucks nearing 5-year, $45 million deal with Ersan Ilyasova
@JustinNixon Spencer Hawes is actually a pretty darn good player. Would have much rather had him on the Bucks than Ersan right now. Not saying Hawes is worth 9 million a year but he's worth just as much as Ersan and Hawes addresses a need where Ilyasova is hampering player development now with all the other young PF's on this Bucks roster.
Naturally if you are given the opportunity to re sign a Power Forward for an average of 9 million dollars annually on a roster with 5 PF's already you have got to pull the trigger and get that deal done ASAP
Too late...and it's more money than originally reported. Im starting to think John Hammond is trying to sabotage the Bucks b4 he moves on to whatever his next GM job is
2 years, 8 months ago on The Ersan Ilyasova market is heating up or PLEASE SOMEONE ELSE MAKE A BIG OFFER
Sounds like there is currently some interest in Carl Landry right now...I understand that he is a Milwaukee guy and sadly if he were to be signed that's about as "high profile" a Free Agent as the Bucks can probably land, but it baffles me that they are seriously considering another PF.
Also heard there is interest in trying to sign Kwame Brown, Kirk Hinrich, and CJ Miles as well. I personally think Miles would make sense, there is a need for another 2/3 on the Bucks roster no doubt, Miles is a scorer and if he can be signed for cheap I'd consider that a good pickup.
As for Hinrich and Brown I dont really see how/why that would do anything to help, seems like the Point Guard minutes are locked up right now so unless Beno gets amnestied idk why the Bucks would waste the roster space. And speaking of a waste of roster space...Kwame Brown
@MatthewSchwendinger that woulda been nice...too bad Morrow is already on Hawks from the JJ trade lol
2 years, 8 months ago on Point-Counterpoint: The Bucks' future with Brandon Jennings
@MatthewSchwendinger i agree 100% Bucks need to put Jennings as priority 1. Plus if Ersan is brought back that hampers the development of Udoh and Henson, with all the PF's Bucks have I dont think it's worth giving Ersan "Gadzuric Money"
2 years, 8 months ago on Bucks off-season shaping up to be a boring one - not that there's anything wrong with that
@JustinNixon my guess is Herb Kohl is just holding on to his wallet too tight, he doesnt wanna pay Gooden 21 million or whatever itd be to pay him "not to play" plus he still is productive..he's productive in an unorthodox way, but productive nonetheless.
I too am a strong Gooden amnesty proponent but Im starting to come to grips with the fact that it is not going to happen...next year I bet it will though...I hope
@PattiRafalskiDavison Gooden is a serviceable PF he will do just fine in Ersan's place I think Ersan's shooting last year was a bit of a statistical abberration anyway. If the Bucks sign anyone it'll be a veteran wing player and hopefully for only minimum contract. No point in throwing MLE money at a guy unless he's going to get starter minutes and at this point there aren't many minutes left to give out in the Bucks rotation except at SF
@jeremyschmidt Oh yea I forgot about him, is he even able to come to NBA yet or are there still buyout issues? Hope not because Raptors are looking more and more like the suitors for Nash wit that play they made for Fields, lots of genius GM moves these few days I am very impressed.
@jeremyschmidt true, with Nash the Raptors could be somewhat formidable but unless Derozan develops a consistent 3 point shot I dont see them being at the Bucks level, I dont think a core of Nash, Derozan, Klieza/James Johnson, Bargnani and Amir Johnson are better than Milwaukee, Raps do have alot of cap though if they amnesty Calderon and could make another move or two.
Howard trade seems to have hit a snag also (Woohoo!!) , looks like we're all going to have to wait til next year for the Brooklyn Nets to be the villains of the NBA
With Brooklyn gobbling up big contracts from star players like it's a game of hungry hungry hippos I think the Bucks have a shot at maybe winning a 1st round playoff series...which is good as it's ever going to get in Milwaukee. Nets, Heat are clearly the eastern powerhouses if the trade with Orlando goes through. Pacers will still be tough, Celtics look to be basically the same team as last year only with better role players.
With no Rose and no Asik and trying to dump salary Chicago is a borderline playoff team right now. Hawks with Smith and Horford are average, Magic with Brook Lopez, no point guard and then a bunch of random shooters dont appear all that threatening. Sixers are likely losing Williams or Hawes possibly even both. The Knicks....who really knows what they're gonna do. 1-3 seems to be basically set in stone but I think the rest of the East is up for grabs, Bucks have been hampered with injuries the last few seasons and I think that they are due for a year of overachieving I dont think it's unrealistic to see them grab the 5 seed and possibly win a series with whomever is the 4. Then they can get stomped by the Nets or Heat in round 2. Based on the last decade I would call that hypothetical scenario "a big win"
guys are forgetting that the Dalembert signing isnt the end all of the Bucks offseason. The draft is hit or miss, but they still have enough money to sign a pretty damn good piece, whether that is Ersan or something else, is yet to be seen, but this is a trade where the Bucks definitely won. Leuer is gonna be buried behind Patrick Patterson and Luis Scola so he still won't get many minutes at the 4 Livingston will be waived and we still have Brockman's trick shot legacy here in Milwaukee...Overall it's definitely a win
2 years, 8 months ago on Wojnarowski: Bucks acquire Samuel Dalembert
@JustinNixon I'd say Ekpe, he's cheaper younger not as banged up as Gooden and still has some upside. what bout u?
2 years, 8 months ago on Bucks' latest workout features Quincy Miller, sharpshooting, and Bucksession
Id love to see the Bucks with Javale McGee the guy is too talented not to at least make a decent offer and see if Denver matches. There was a time when I really wanted Kaman but as I look at the Bucks cap situation and limited roster space I just dont think he's worth it. Especially not 7-9 million (which i really and truthfully believe is how much he will be paid this offseason) If the Bucks could get Stiemmsma that would be great, he is a shotblocking machine and im sure for attendance the whole town of Randolph would attend games. Stiemmsma is on the NBA select team that is going to be practicing against the US olympic team so this summer so that experience playing against some of the worlds best players every day might help him develop even more.
I dont think any of this matters tho as I have a sneaking suspicion that 8-10 million in cap space left over after the draft, I think the Bucks want to retain Ersan and will throw a good portion of that at him and if he is signed there will be very little room for any other moves. Hammond is very adamant about keeping this team intact from last year and truly believes that with more practice time that they are going to be contenders. I just dont see that happening, I know small ball is "in" right now but a lineup of Jennings, Ellis, LRMAM, Ersan, Gooden (Udoh maybe?) I dont see that team doing any better than 8th seed and swept by Miami
@JustinNixon I mean he showed up in Milwaukee today despite not being able to work out due to injury and went out to breakfast with members of the Bucks staff and was quoted as saying that he is serious about the Bucks. That sounds like going the extra mile if anything, if he's not even going to be able to workout idk why he'd travel to Milwaukee just to meet with execs
2 years, 8 months ago on Jeremy Lamb or Terrence Ross - Will the Bucks take a wing?
@Mooky Free Agency last season was rushed and there weren't many Big men in demand, however in 2012 there are alot of options including some real talent out there. Hibbert and Brook Lopez are probably the best availible but both are restriced and I expect both to remain with their respective teams because Indy and Brooklyn have alot of cash to spend.
If Lopez and Hibbert are Tier 1, Kaman and Javale McGee would be tier 2 IMO. Fortunately for the Bucks they do have some decent cap room and not many teams are looking to spend more than MLE on a Center. My guess is Kaman is in the 7-9 Million range and the Bucks will be in competition with the Blazers, Rockets (if the decline Dalembert's TO) 76ers, and Brooklyn who have so much cash that they may just throw money at anyone and everyone.
Bucks have about 12 million in cap room give or take and have 10 players commited to their roster my guess Leuer will be resigned so 11 players...rumors about resigning Kwame Brown...smh would put them at 12 and lose about 1 million in salary, whomever they draft will make almost 2 million on rookie salary scale, a 2nd rounder will make 700K or somethin like that so that leaves them with somewhere between 8-10 million dollars and 1 roster spot remaining
@MatthewSchwendinger If they dont draft a Center there are still alot of talented big men in Free Agency, I dont mind the best player availible drafting strategy, just dont need another undersized volume shooting guard on the roster
just realized that there are actually alot of players that could be drafted at 12 worse than Rivers, but I mean I think he's worst person in the 8-20 range for the Bucks
Id be happy with pretty much any player the Bucks drafted at 12 except Austin Rivers, That would be the worst thing they could do at 12 IMO
@AaronWigo Phoenix San Antonio and Dallas...the 6th 7th and 9th largest cities in the United States are not "small market" in my opinion
2 years, 8 months ago on Reflecting on the Heat and the journey we all go on
Im a little bitter about the Heat winning, I dont hate Lebron James or anything, Miami played a better series were clearly the better team and deserved to win. Yet I find it tough to root for a team like the Heat..This "Big 3" or "Superfriends" team building structure I feel will be the undoing of the league, contraction will be inevitable and that the small market teams just won't have a chance to lure in these big name Free Agents. Milwaukee, Cleveland, Utah, Detroit, Memphis, Charlotte, Denver etc
The Thunder likely have built a dynasty provided that they find a way to keep their core and I think if a team from a market as small as OKC can prove that they can win the title, that inspires hope for other small market teams. Not the naive biased fan hope that alot of us have (myself especially) when the season starts and we think "this is the year" Then it doesn't work out and we're right back to where we started, waiting to hit a home run in the draft because we cant sign Amare, Bosh, Lebron, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, etc who all go to New York, LA, Miami, Chicago, or Boston and us small market teams are forced to get excited at the prospect of signing Bobby Simmons or Mike Dunleavy.
I feel for OKC fans in their sorrow on this day and for however long they mourn this loss and I just find it hard to feel bad for fans living in beautiful weather with beaufitul people and most likely don't even know who Alonzo Mourning, Tim Hardaway or Voshon Lenard are....Just my opinion sorry for the rant.
@JustinNixon The Waiters thing baffles me as well...I think that's more or less how it's gonna go although I would not be surprised to see the Bobcats take Barnes at #2 they have a history of taking players from Carolina and now that their team colors are basically UNC colors I think it would almost be fitting
2 years, 8 months ago on Big names Headline Tuesday's Bucks workout
I agree with Justin, Henson was an outstanding shot blocker in college and probably will continue to be successful in that aspect of his game in the pros he has great instincts going for the ball, but I don't think he has any chance guarding 4's and 5's with good back to the basket game. The Bucks primary need is a defensive anchor and although Henson can block shots he is not big enough to be a good low post defender as he will be easily pushed around. Henson reminds me alot of Larry Sanders so I dont think it makes a whole lot of sense to draft a guy you basically already have...plus Henson would just be another PF on a team with too many PF's as is. (Brockman, Gooden, Udoh, Leuer, Sanders..Harris might be a 4 might be a 3 still not sure)
2 years, 8 months ago on John Henson stars in Bucks' latest workout
@JustinNixon It's more for defensive purposes when a SG isn't prototypical 6'5" or 6'6" alot of those guys are players that end up creating off the dribble often, now I admit that I do not know alot about Beal, but one of the things i've often heard of him is that he's not a Great ball handler, the comparison ive heard of him is Ray Allen/Eric Gordon, both are outstanding shooters and if Beal can shoot as well as them I'd love to have him on my team. But those players also can create for themselves off of the dribble, if he cant do that he's more of an Anthony Morrow who is not worth trading up for.
Of those players you listed all of them are good players but really only Dwayne Wade is known for his defense in that list, and he makes up for his lack of height with freakish athleticism and explosiveness. Afflalo is a great defender also but he too lacks the off the dribble skills that several of those other players possess.
Lamb gets away with being a bit undersized because of his ridiculous 6'11" wingspan. Dont get me wrong I would love to have the Bucks end up with Beal, I just dont see swapping him for Ellis as much of an improvement unless they find a defensive anchor.
2 years, 8 months ago on Bucks' draft workouts Day 3: Guards on Guards on Guards
@Bizzucks The thing is though aside from Davis the knock on this draft is that there really are no superstars. Any trade they'd make would be a giant risk there really are no sure-fire All Stars, everyone has something about them that you can pick apart, no one outside of Davis is a superstar closest thing potentially is Beal, but he's still a bit undersized as a 2 guard (bigger than Ellis) but does not really solve their lack of size problem.
I would be okay with them finding a way to get Barnes, I dont think he's an All Star but I think he is closest thing to sure thing in this draft he can come into the league and score 16 right away and at 6'8" and long he is an upgrade for the Bucks in the size department. Still would much rather see them stay at 12 or even trade down. Looks like they have alot of interest in some early 2nd round and late 1st round picks
Saw on ESPN Insider today that Alex Kennedy from HoopsWorld is reporting that the Bucks are one of several teams trying to trade up including talks with Charlotte about a deal for Number 2. No official deals obviously just rumors and speculation but still I dont like the prospect of the Bucks trying to move UP in the draft, wondering what the rest of you guys think about this potentially happening?
@JustinNixon I think everything you said about Jones is accurate but many of those negatives about his game are things expected of a player who plays the 4, and Jones is not a 4 he is definitely a 3. If there weren't so many proven Centers availible in Free Agency this season I would rather see Leonard or Zeller selected but I think with all the Big men availible in the FA market who have already proven something in the NBA it's worth taking a guy like Jones.
Taking Zeller is probably the safest pick because he is the most polished and experienced of the three and he's gotten the better of Leonard in the workouts from what i've heard. Leonard is a more imposing physical specimen and could potentially blossom into a quality NBA starting Center where Zeller has most likely already hit his ceiling. One thing I dislike about Leonard is his body language during interviews. He seems nervous he's often looking down away from the camera/people interviewing him and touches his neck often and just overall does not look comfortable. It's a very subtle thing but this can be attributed to a lack of confidence, does not mean that it translates onto the court but I think it's something that still warrants a bit of concern.
2 years, 8 months ago on The Bucks of now and the problem with the Centers of the 2012 NBA Draft
I think the Bucks number 1 objective is to get a new stadium built so they can stay in Milwaukee, in order to do that they need help from public funding and it's alot easier to get public funding from fans if you have a winning product. I think that is why the Bucks have been hesitant to rebuild because they cant really afford to wait 3 years and hope they hit the lotto once or twice.
I agree with phish 100% I'm a strong advocate for Perry Jones. If the Bucks draft a Center I want it to be Fab Melo since he is the only one who would immediately address their needs. Leonard could end up being a solid starter someday but I dont think he is ever going to be a dominant shot blocker. Fab Melo will enter the league as a guy who will be able to block and alter shots right away.
As I've said on several occassions this FA class is littered with Centers..Hibbert, Lopez (restricted and not worth offering contracts to) Kaman, Javale Mcgee (Restricted) Spencer Hawes. All of those guys could come in and be the Bucks starting Center right away....I truly think that despite McGee being a complete Knucklehead that he is so talented that he is worth being overpaid and the Bucks should throw 8-10 Mil at him because I doubt Denver matches.
Stiemmsma, Asik (Justin mentioned b4) Mahinmi, Marcus Camby, Nazr Mohammed, Robin Lopez, Hasheem Thabeet, Przybilla, Jason Thompson, Jordan Hill, Mareese Speights. Are some other solid Centers availible in Free Agency right now, several of them offer immediate help in post defense.
After Declining Livingston's option the Bucks should have roughly 12-13 million in cap space and their MLE. Plus they still have their amnesty clause.