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Chris Mannix
October 29, 2012
The paint was a friendly area for Milwaukee's opponents last season: The trade that sent 7-foot Andrew Bogut, who played in only 12 games before fracturing his left ankle, to Golden State last March left the Bucks without a traditional center. The result: Milwaukee slipped from fourth in the NBA in paint defense in 2010--11 to 19th. To address the problem, the team acquired Samuel Dalembert and Joel Przybilla and drafted 6'11" North Carolina forward John Henson, a two-time ACC defensive player of the year.
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October 29, 2012

9 | Milwaukee Bucks

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PG Brandon Jennings PPG: 19.1 APG: 5.5 SPG: 1.6 FG%: 41.8
SG Monta Ellis PPG: 20.4 APG: 6.0 FG%: 43.3 3FG%: 30.8
SF Ersan Ilyasova PPG: 13.0 RPG: 8.8 FG%: 49.2 3FG%: 45.5
PF Drew Gooden PPG: 13.7 RPG: 6.5 APG: 2.6 FG%: 43.7
C Samuel Dalembert PPG: 7.5 RPG: 7.0 BPG: 1.7 FG%: 50.6

The paint was a friendly area for Milwaukee's opponents last season: The trade that sent 7-foot Andrew Bogut, who played in only 12 games before fracturing his left ankle, to Golden State last March left the Bucks without a traditional center. The result: Milwaukee slipped from fourth in the NBA in paint defense in 2010--11 to 19th. To address the problem, the team acquired Samuel Dalembert and Joel Przybilla and drafted 6'11" North Carolina forward John Henson, a two-time ACC defensive player of the year.

Offensively, the Bucks' diminutive backcourt will be expected to shoulder most of the load. Both Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis (acquired in the Bogut deal) are elite scorers, but they were inconsistent in the 21 games they played together. Milwaukee's point differential per 100 possessions with both on the floor was -2.4; with just one it was +12.2. With the duo most likely headed for free agency next summer—and playing for contracts—sharing the ball could become an even more pressing issue.

FAST FACTS

COACH: Scott Skiles (5th season with Bucks)

2011--12 RECORD: 31--35 (3rd in Central)

OFFENSE: 99.0 ppg (5th)

DEFENSE: 98.7 ppg (22nd)

PICK-AND-ROLL OFFENSE: 24.7 ppg (11th)

PROJECTED STARTING FIVE

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