2011 NBA Draft re-do with 2012 hindsight

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It is an annual tradition here during the NBA All-Star break to re-do the NBA Draft lottery from the previous year.  The Sports Bank’s NBA Draft Nerd, David Kay and Peter Christian will alternate re-drafting the top fourteen picks in the 2011 NBA Draft taking into account what they know about the rookies based off their performances so far this season.  They will factor in how each team’s roster looked at the time of the draft and give their reasons as to why the selection would be made.

Check out The Sports Bank’s 2012 NBA Mock Draft.
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Milwaukee Bucks at crossroads; Jennings’ team? Skiles staying?

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After their breakout playoff season in 2010, the Milwaukee Bucks find themselves back in lottery land. It’s extremely disappointing; especially given that the ’09-’10 team had a young core that looked poised to make the franchise a fixture in the postseason.

This year, they were alive for the final playoff spot up until the season’s final week, but fell short. This offseason some major questions need to be answered:

Is Coach Scott Skiles returning?

Who is the alpha dog: Brandon Jennings or Monta Ellis?

Who can step up like Ersan Ilyasova did this season?

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Milwaukee Bucks get young guys playing time in season’s final games

After their breakout playoff season in 2010, the Milwaukee Bucks find themselves back in lottery land. It’s extremely disappointing; especially given that the ’09-’10 team had a young core that looked poised to make the franchise a fixture in the postseason. This year, they were alive for the final playoff spot up until a few days ago, but alas they’ll have to settle for ninth in the Eastern Conference.

They lost at home to the team directly ahead of them, the Philadelphia 76ers, who currently possess the final playoff spot. Still the Bucks finish the year 17-16, above .500 for the fourth consecutive year. In their 44 years of existence, the Bucks have had a winning record at home 37 times.

Since these final games in the lockout shortened 66 game season don’t mean much to the Bucks, it’s a chance for the young players to get playing time, grow and develop- like Tobias Harris and Jon Leuer.

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Former Badger Jon Leuer Talks NBA Lockout, Playing Overseas

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Former Wisconsin Badgers forward Jon Leuer had his dream come true last month when the Milwaukee Bucks selected him with the 40th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.  But like the rest of the 2011 draft class, Leuer has to wait out a likely lengthy NBA Lockout before he gets a chance to actually play in the league.

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Jon Leuer Stays Close to Home with the Milwaukee Bucks

Former Wisconsin Badgers forward Jon Leuer was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 40th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

The Bucks made headlines with their three-way trade involving the acquisition of Stephen Jackson earlier in the night and then added the versatile Leuer who many see as a great value pick in the second round.

Follow the jump to find out what Leuer brings to the Milwaukee Bucks organization.

By: Nick Grays
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Wisconsin’s Jon Leuer: NBA Draft Combine Interview (Video)

Wisconsin power forward Jon Leuer was one of 54 players invited to the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. The former Badger has a lot to gain from workouts as Leuer projects to be picked anywhere from the late first round to mid-second round.

A lot of scouts have compared the 6’10” forward to the Toronto Raptors Andrea Bargnani who was the number one overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft.

The Sports Bank caught up with Leuer at the NBA Draft Combine where he elaborated on his work-outs since leaving Madison, some NBA teams who have expressed interest and his versatile skill-set.
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Badgers’ Mike Bruesewitz Sheds Fro for a Good Cause

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In an effort to raise awareness for multiple sclerosis, Badger sophomore Mike Bruesewitz shaved his trademark red curly hair Wednesday during “Wake Up Wisconsin” on Madison’s WKOW-TV.

Bruesewitz partnered with the National MS Society to raise money and awareness for those with multiple sclerosis. The goal is to raise a minimum of $3,100 dollars, which reflects the sophomore guards’ jersey No. 31.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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Wisconsin Badgers 2010-2011 Recap, Early Look Ahead to 2012

Overall, the Wisconsin Badgers 2010-2011 season should be considered a success seeing that they weren’t even expected to finish in the upper half of the Big Ten.

Not only did they finish in the upper half, they went 25-9 (13-5 in Big Ten) and finished third in the conference. The 25 wins were the third most in a single season in school history.

However, the season could also be looked at as a missed opportunity as the Badgers hovered around the top 10 to finish the season. but were only able to salvage a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

By: Nick Grays

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NBA Draft Stock Report: Sweet 16/Elite 8 Edition

Derrick Williams nbaEven though it is just one game or a few games, the NCAA Tournament can do wonders to either help or hurt a college basketball player’s NBA Draft Stock; especially on the big stage of the Sweet 16 or Elite 8.  Here are some players who have seen their stock rise and fall this past weekend. Click here for The Sports Bank’s 2011 NBA Mock Draft.  You can also check out the list of underclassmen who have already declared for the draft or announced their intention of returning to school.

By: David Kay
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Butler Overpowers Wisconsin 61-54: Sweet 16 Rapid Reaction

Wisconsin’s dynamic duo of Jordan Taylor and Jon Leuer appeared to run out of gas as they combined for an ugly 7-of-31 (.226) from the field in a 61-54 loss to the #8-seeded Butler Bulldogs.

For the fifth straight year, the Badgers have been knocked out of the NCAA Tournament by a mid-major team (UNLV, Davidson, Xavier, Cornell and Butler).

“We just needed to put a few more minutes together here tonight so we could keep dancing, but the music stopped playing. So we just wish Butler the best of luck in their journey for what they’re looking for,” said Badgers Head Coach Bo Ryan.

By: Nick Grays

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Sweet 16 Preview: This Wisconsin Team Is Not Your Typical Badgers Team

Here we go again as the embarrassment of riches gets even richer for the state of Wisconsin. As if it wasn’t enough for fans to see the Badgers in the Rose Bowl and the Packers in the Super Bowl, we now have the Badgers basketball team in the Sweet 16.

A match-up with the #8-seeded Butler Bulldogs awaits the Badgers who are playing in their fifth Sweet 16 since 2000.

After making the NCAA Tournament for a 13th consecutive season, the fourth-longest active streak in the nation, could this be the year Wisconsin makes a deep run to the Final Four?

By: Nick Grays

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NCAA Tournament Southeast Regional Sweet 16 Breakdown

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Butler has done it again; knocking off Pitt in the third round of the NCAA Tournament featuring a crazy ending with two somewhat controversial foul calls in the final seconds.  Now the Bulldogs are in the Sweet 16 of the Southeast Regional along with Wisconsin, Florida, and Jimmer Fredette’s BYU Cougars.  Here is the breakdown of Thursday night’s games and who I think will be heading to the Final Four.

By: David Kay
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