There hasn't been a Bucks center who has averaged double digits in scoring since Frank Brickowski finished with 15.2 points per game in 1993-94.
Record: 30-52 (13th in East) Points scored: 97.2 (15th in NBA) Points allowed: 100.2 (20th) Coach: Terry Stotts (first season with the Bucks)
A big man finally arrives, but a winning record is still too tall an order
The son of an Australian auto mechanic, Bucks rookie center Andrew Bogut likes to spend his spare time customizing cars. "Nothing big," says the 7-foot, 245-pound Bogut, whose current ride is a 2006 Pontiac GTO. "Just interiors and wheels and stuff like that."
Milwaukee fans are hoping that he provides a much more extreme makeover to their team, which hasn't had a decent pivot since Moses Malone in 1993. Bogut, who was last season's college Player of the Year at Utah and the No. 1 pick in the June draft, has the tools: He can score with his back to the basket, handle the ball from the high post, run the floor, pass and block shots. Asks point guard T.J. Ford, "How many big guys can do all those things?"
Bogut will have to learn to play NBA defense, but he seems to have the maturity to handle a steep learning curve. This is a 20-year-old who showed up for his predraft interview with the Bucks dressed in a suit and tie and carrying a résumé. "Best interview of anybody I've ever had with the Bucks," says U.S. Senator Herb Kohl, the team's owner since 1985. "Great questions. Great answers. Very impressive. When he left, I said, 'That guy's a winner.'"
Even after signing a $26 million rookie contract, Bogut didn't go on a wild spending spree. He bought his parents a pair of Holdens and took a three-week vacation along the Adriatic Sea in Croatia with a friend. He spent the rest of the summer in Australia working out four hours a day with a personal trainer and adding 10 pounds to his lanky frame. "I know it's a big jump," Bogut says about making the transition to the NBA. "You've got to be ready or guys are gonna hand it to you." -- Marty Burns