Tiny Gallon’s brief run as a Bucks player went from, possible steal of a second round pick, to training camp casualty with alarming speed. He, Billy Rush and Tory Jackson all had their numbers called yesterday, leaving the Bucks with 17 players in camp and two non-guaranteed contracts left in Brian Skinner and Chris Kramer.
Kramer saw a surprising amount of playing time in the Bucks pre-season opener, helping the Bucks seal the game near the end with a floater that banked in. He also gave the fans a thrill with a highlight block of Brian Scalabrine. Somewhere, Michael Irvin was excited about the white on white crime. Kramer is probably no closer to making the team than he was when he initially signed up to be a training camp body, but he has likely improved his odds greatly when it comes to earning a spot in the D-League or over in Europe. Kramer could very well be in demand or be one of the three players cut from Bucks camp that gets his rights requested by the Bucks D-League affiliate in Fort Wayne, the Mad-Ants.
- A survey was done of the opinions of NBA General Managers.
You’ll notice there is not much about the Bucks in there. They did receive one vote as the league’s best defensive team, so they have that going for them. Unfortunately, there is not one general manager (GMs could not vote for their own team though) that felt like any Bucks player deserved any top recognition. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute did not receive a vote for best defensive player or best on ball defender or best perimeter defender. Ersan Ilyasova did get a vote as a possible breakout international player and Larry Sanders was one of about 20 rookies who could be a sleeper success, but don’t look for much else regarding the Bucks. The Bulls received 82% of the vote as winners of the Central Division, which doesn’t surprise me. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
- Charles F. Gardner reports that Andrew Bogut is doubtful for this weekend’s games.
If Bogut truly doesn’t play (you never really know until you know, you know?) we’ll still really not be able to judge what the Bucks are going to look like this season. For now, we get a sense of what Drew Gooden will bring to the team, but I’m anxious to see how he plays off Bogut. One of Bogut’s strongest assets is his passing ability, so it’ll be interesting to see if he can find Gooden for some easy baskets. Bogut’s never really had a talented, veteran power forward to play off of him before and Gooden may be the guy to bring out the best in Bogut as a passer. That all being said, I’m all for Bogut sitting out this weekend, if only because these games mean nothing and the only meaningful thing that can happen in these games is an injury.
“Less and less mixed up” seems to be the way Skiles says someone is figuring things out, but still has a ways to go. At this very, very early juncture, one area that might be worth your concern regarding Sanders is his rebounding. His totals in summer league weren’t eye-popping and he was only able to grab two in 14 minutes against the Bulls. Rebounding seems to be an area where the Bucks should thrive this year, so it’s not a super pressing issue, but is something to keep an eye on going forward. Speaking of Sanders, he gets nervous.
Jeremy Schmidt writes the Milwaukee Bucks blog Bucksketball.com. Follow him on Twitter