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Milwaukee Bucks Roster Report 2009-10-19


Milwaukee Bucks Roster Report 2009-10-19The Bucks' brass fully realizes their season will hinge greatly on the contributions of Michael Redd and Andrew Bogut. That is why they have been ultra-careful during preseason with both players, who are coming off major injuries. Redd missed the last 35 games after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligaments, and Bogut missed the final 31 games because of a lower back stress fracture. Both players appear to be physically sound now and are expected to be ready for the team's regular-season opener on Oct. 30 at Philadelphia.

ANALYZING STARTERS:

G Luke Ridnour has proven to be a competent floor leader -- when healthy. Unfortunately for Ridnour, that wasn't the case last season. He battled through an assortment of minor injuries -- back spasms, soreness in right knee, fractured right finger -- but still played in 72 games and played rather effectively.

G Michael Redd insists his surgically-repaired right knee is fine and said he's determined to have his best season ever. The Bucks will certainly need Redd, one of the elite scorers in the league, if they are going to challenge for a playoff spot.

F Carlos Delfino never averaged more than nine points in his four seasons in the NBA, his first three with the Pistons and last one with the Raptors. Yet, the Bucks believe Delfino, who played in Russia last season, can be more than just a complementary player.

F Kurt Thomas is 37 years old, but Bucks coach Scott Skiles contends Thomas still has plenty in his tank. Skiles likes Thomas' experience and maturity. Furthermore, Thomas is a decent rebounder.

C Andrew Bogut has shown continual development since being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft. But a lower back stress fracture shelved him for almost the last half of last season. Bogut is clearly the Bucks' best interior player on both ends of the floor.

ANALYZING KEY RESERVES:

G Brandon Jennings possesses outstanding speed and quickness and exceptional court vision. Those attributes alone should get the 20-year-old Jennings significant minutes.

F Hakim Warrick is arguably the team's most athletic player and figures to fit in nicely as the Bucks try to speed up their offense.

F Luc Mbah a Moute was the Bucks' best defender even as a rookie last season. At 6-foot-8, Mbah a Moute has the length and lateral quickness to guard virtually any forward or guard.

G Charlie Bell enjoyed a successful preseason and could be a key component, especially if Michael Redd has any flare-ups with his knee.

MEDICAL WATCH:

F Joe Alexander has been plagued by a strained right hamstring since the commencement of training camp. It's questionable whether he will be 100 percent for the team's regular-season opener against the 76ers in Philadelphia on Oct. 30.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 20, 2009

 

 
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