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Friday, August 15, 2008

Worst. Bench. Ever.

The other shoe finally dropped on Mo Williams in Milwaukee the other day, as he found himself as the next player in a long line of LeBron-sidekick hopefuls. The three-team trade involving Milwaukee, Cleveland and Oklahoma City cost the Bucks Mo and Desmond Mason for a return of Luke Ridnour, Damon Jones and Adrian Griffin.

This begs the question: What are the Bucks doing?

Remind me again why they signed Tyronn Lue? After the latest move, Milwaukee's roster shows a net gain of two point guards, none of whom are a established starter in the league. In addition, this offseason Milwaukee has managed to bring in the four oldest players on its current roster through trades and free agency.

I see the intent, which is to acquire players that are willing and able to do the little things/dirty work (ie: scant playing time and no touches). But again, I question the execution of the plan. None of these bench guys are any good.

It's true, the Bucks now feature a formidable starting five of Bogut, Villanueva, Jefferson, Redd and Sessions. Ridnour is capable off the pine, and Charlie Bell has his moments. Jones can make the occassional big shot and does well on camera, but he's worn out. The two rookies face a learning curve and I do not expect too much. Heck, Joe Alexander never dominated at West Virginia until the final postseason run of his college career.

The frontcourt depth is a mess, considering "serviceable" might be overrating Dan Gadzuric, Francisco Elson, Malik Allen and Griffin. Making a run at restricted free agent Carl Landry would have been a fantastic alternative, however fruitless it turned out to be.

On the bright side, the Mo trade cleared a big contract and helped alleviate the small forward log jam. Who would of thought three years ago before Michael Redd got his max deal from Herb Kohl that it would be a different Buck from the backcourt winding up in Cleveland?

1 comment:

  1. Joe Alexander is a project that the fans, and the NBA, must be patient. I think he can assimilate his game and his ways, but it might not be for 2 or 3 years.


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