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HALFTIME: Grading the Milwaukee Bucks

 

 

It was just over two months ago when I discussed the plan needed for the Milwaukee Bucks to make the playoffs. Judging from their 14-20 record, they haven’t checked off many of the “to do” items required for success. Using the original list from my preseason column, let’s see where the Bucks currently grade.

THE STEPHEN JACKSON FACTOR

The question posed: Will we see volatile Jackson or savvy veteran Jackson. Given his doghouse status, this one is easy: GRADE D-

THE INJURY FACTOR

My quote: “Andrew Bogut has missed many games over the past three years. Drew Gooden (the Bucks big free agent signing of 2010) missed a large portion of last season. Jon Brockman is the primary front court back-up. Enough said.” Will Bogut ever play 50 games in one season again? That is the only question still out there. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: Enough said. GRADE D-

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BRANDON JENNINGS

I can’t remember the last time there was a Buck with so much riding on the second half of a season. From my preseason column: “How often do players turn these two issues around in year three of their careers?” Well, Brandon at times has taken the leap; however, ten games prior to the break reverted back to inconsistency. GRADE: Incomplete

TEAMS HAVE PASSED (OR ARE CLOSE TO PASSING) MILWAUKEE

With Philadelphia and Indiana blowing past the Bucks, and the resurgent Lin-fueled Knicks, the Bucks find themselves on the outside looking in. The Bucks are barely staying above the bottom of the conference. They are going to be chasing New York and the aging Celtics for a chance to sneak into the playoffs. GRADE: C-

 

 

SCOTT SKILES and STEPHEN JACKSON

Replacing Corey Maggette and John Salmons with Stephen Jackson had Skiles blessing, right? Let’s hope not. At this point a trade is in everyone’s best interest. GRADE: F

THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW

Given Drew Gooden has moved into the starting center slot in Bogut’s absence this one is easy. GRADE: D-

THE BACKCOURT IS IN ORDER

When Jennings and Shaun Livingston are clicking this is an entertaining backcourt. It has been one of the few bright spots, albeit inconsistent. GRADE: C

WISCONSIN KARMA

It was presumptuous to ponder: “Anyone else excited for the poster titled “TRIFECTA” with Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Braun, and Brandon Jennings all wearing cheese heads?” Since Rogers and the Packers were upset in their initial playoff game and Ryan Braun was accused of juicing. Given the recent Braun overturn, maybe this is a sign of better things to come? GRADE: Incomplete

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By: David. S. Grant
Pro Basketball Fans Staff Writer
David S. Grant is the author of several books. His latest novel, “BLOOD: The New Red” is now available. For more information go to http://www.silverthought.com/blood/ Follow David on Twitter: @david_s_grant


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