Milwaukee Bucks GM John Hammond deserves a 2010-11 season pass

Brandon Jennings

If NBA seasons were a collection of Mortal Kombat matches, the Milwaukee Bucks were on the receiving end of a Sub-Zero freezing rain finishing move at the hands of the Charlotte Bobcats.

The Bucks failure to maintain a six point lead with four minutes remaining against a similarly stunted Bobcats offense was closure for a season rife with bad injury luck and general underachievement.

The real or perceived end of a season that started with high expectations always brings “What went wrong?” discussions full circle to auditing the front office, and Bucks GM John Hammond has and will receive criticism for handcuffing Milwaukee’s budget with unmovable contracts to players on the back half of their careers.

By Jake McCormick [Read more…]

The Milwaukee Bucks’ offensive weekend of futility

Brandon Jennings

With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, the Milwaukee Bucks have a record of 5-8 and very little to be thankful for other than their third ranked scoring defense (92 points per game).

Consider a few statistics from the Bucks’ weekend back-to-back against the worst team, record-wise, in the Eastern Conference (Philadelphia 76ers) and an Oklahoma City Thunder team that was missing superstar forward Kevin Durant and his trusty sidekick Jeff Green (46.2 combined points per game):

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The encouraging performance of the Milwaukee Bucks’ Larry Sanders

Larry Sanders

When Milwaukee Bucks power forward Larry Sanders was drafted by GM John Hammond in June, Hammond and coach Scott Skiles knew he was raw offensively, but felt he could be an immediate defensive contributor thanks to his pterodactyl-like wing span and natural instincts.

By Jake McCormick

If John Hammond and Scott Skiles were speaking in stat lines about Larry Sanders’ expected production as a rookie coming off the bench, it would probably look something like this: [Read more…]

Planning for Andrew Bogut’s worst case scenario

Milwaukee Bucks Andrew Bogut

First there was the fluid build up in Andrew Bogut’s elbow reported by an Australian television network, then there was the fluid build up in Andrew Bogut’s elbow from the Milwaukee Bucks front office that the franchise center would not miss the start of the 2010-11 season.

Milwaukee Bucks GM John Hammond, Bogut and Scott Skiles can say all the positive things they want about Bogut being ready for the season opener on October 27 in New Orleans, but behind closed doors the Milwaukee Bucks have to be planning for temporary life without their star center.

By Jake McCormick [Read more…]