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News » Milwaukee Bucks Roster Report 2008-06-30


Milwaukee Bucks Roster Report 2008-06-30


Milwaukee Bucks Roster Report 2008-06-30
DRAFT PICKS:

Joe Alexander, F, 6-8, West Virginia -- He was largely unknown to the general public until piling up 22 points and 11 rebounds in an NCAA Tournament upset of Duke last March. Alexander also proved to be surprisingly athletic. His three-quarter court sprint time of 2.99 seconds was second-fastest at the Orlando predraft camp.

Luc Mbah a Moute, F, 6-8, UCLA -- This undersized power forward did much of the dirty work while UCLA reached the Final Four for the past three seasons. The Cameroon native averaged 8.8 points and 6.0 rebounds last year as a junior.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Center Andrew Bogut took a significant step toward justifying the Bucks making him the No. 1 overall selection in the 2005 NBA draft. After registering 12 double-doubles as a rookie and then 19 double-doubles last year, the 23-year-old Bogut finished with 38 double-doubles this season.

MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYER: After he signed a lucrative six-year, $51 million contract last summer, big things were expected from Mo Williams. But while the point guard averaged 17.2 points and 6.3 assists, he was a sieve on defense and did a poor job of getting his teammates involved in the offense. What's more, Williams had issues with some teammates and coaches, including a heated exchange with assistant coach Tony Brown.

BIGGEST NEEDS: The Bucks got little production from their small forward combination of Desmond Mason and Bobby Simmons, but they filled that need with the acquisition of Richard Jefferson from New Jersey. The Bucks hope their first-round draft pick, Joe Alexander, will fill their need for a physical big man.

FREE AGENT FOCUS: Every one of the Bucks' regular starters -- Mo Williams, Michael Redd, Desmond Mason, Yi Jianlian and Andrew Bogut -- along with their top reserves -- Charlie Villanueva, Desmond Mason and Charlie Bell -- is under contract for next season. The only players who will become free agents -- all unrestricted -- on July 1 are Jake Voskuhl, Michael Ruffin and Royal Ivey. The Bucks have a team option on Awvee Storey.

It's unlikely the Bucks will make any concerted effort to retain any of those players as they are expected to make sweeping changes.

PLAYER NOTES:

--Guard Michael Redd was chosen as one of 12 members of the United States Olympic team that will compete in Beijing. Redd was the fourth-leading scorer on last year's squad, which easily won the qualifying tournament in Las Vegas. "One, he's a pro, and to say he just shoots is wrong," coach Mike Krzyzewski said in explaining the choice. "He has all the intangibles. He's a good team player."

--Forward Ersan Ilyasova, a member of the Bucks in 2006-07, played for FC Barcelona last season but is back in Milwaukee working out at the Bucks' facility and is eying a possible return to the NBA next year.

--Newcomer Richard Jefferson is familiar with at least one of his Bucks teammates. Reserve Awvee Storey spent time playing with Jefferson in New Jersey during the 2004-05 season.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: June 30, 2008

 

 
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