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News » Milwaukee Bucks Getting Inside 2009-10-16

Milwaukee Bucks Getting Inside 2009-10-16

Milwaukee Bucks Getting Inside 2009-10-16After failing to make the playoffs the last three seasons, the Bucks' major goal is returning to postseason play.

That's easier said than done.

The Bucks, who are coming off an injury-ravaged 34-win season, made a slew of offseason moves that severely depleted their scoring reservoir. To wit:

--Veteran small forward Richard Jefferson, dealt to the Spurs, was the team's second-leading scorer last season at 19.6 points per game.

--Talented young combo forward Charlie Villanueva, the team's third-leading scorer last season at 16.2 points, wasn't even extended a qualifying offer and signed with the Pistons as a free agent.

--Promising guard Ramon Sessions, the Bucks' fourth-leading scorer at 12.4 points, signed with the Timberwolves after the Bucks refused to match Minnesota's offer for the restricted free agent.

Combined, the aforementioned three players averaged 58 points a game last season. With the departures of Messrs. Jefferson, Villanueva and Sessions, the Bucks now have only two legitimate scorers: shooting guard Michael Redd and center Andrew Bogut.

The Bucks' offseason shakeup baffled many NBA observers. They also surprised Redd.

"I was scratching my head," Redd said. "I'm going to miss those guys, obviously. At the same time, I know it's a business. That's the NBA. Guys can come; guys can go. I got to embrace the new guys we have this year and, hopefully, we can get better."

COACHING STAFF: Head coach -- Scott Skiles, 10th year overall, second with the Bucks (315-299). Assistants -- Jim Boylan, Kelvin Sampson, Joe Wolf, Bill Peterson, Adrian Griffin.

LAST SEASON, REMEMBERED: 34-38 record (fifth place in the Central Division). Failed to make the playoffs.

THIS SEASON, PREDICTED: 32-50 (fourth in the Central Division).

POSSIBLE CHANGES, PREDICTED: The Bucks are expected to begin the regular season with Luke Ridnour as their starting point guard. However, look for Bucks coach Scott Skiles to eventually turn the starting point guard reins over to Brandon Jennings, their lightning-quick rookie. Don't be surprised, either, if the Bucks try to acquire a small forward who can score, especially if free-agent Carlos Delfino doesn't pan out.

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Added: October 16, 2009


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