Goin’ alphabetical this season. First half today, second half tomorrow. Enjoy.
Once finished a play
Coming out of timeout. Sad.
Clear role, in swamp O.
He was only in Milwaukee briefly, playing in seven March games, but he did well what he does. He crashed the offensive glass and made mid-range jumpers. He made seven of 16 shots from 16-23 feet and half of his 14 attempts at the rim. On the Bucks, those qualified as stunning offensive numbers. And it was a small sample size, but his 16% offensive rebound rate led the team.
Kept on keeping on,
Through sickness and injury.
So that was the season after the injury. He struggled through the first few months, wore a bulky elbow pad and had us looking away as he missed free throw after free throw. But he kept trotting out there every night, anchoring a terrific defense and occasionally contributing something offensively. Next season will be an important one for Bogut. It’s probably going to be the season where we all find out if he’s ever going to be an All-Star or not. He’s had another surgery, it’s supposedly gone well and he should have most of the summer to work on his game. Hopefully we’ll be able to tell in November.
Scores like a rabbit
Couldn’t be reliable.
Could be electric.
He won the Laker game. And he did the same against the Kings. And he did it a few more times, because that’s kind of what Earl Boykins does. That’s why Boykins is such a quality third point guard. He doesn’t need to play every night and won’t make much of a stink if he doesn’t. But when he’s called on, Earl is ready. That’s commendable. On more than one occasion, Scott Skiles referred to Boykins as the best shooter on the team. Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible for him to get his shot off without a little bit of trickery or ball-handling involved. And therein lies the reason Boykins is what he is: fun.
Monster from the West
Taking charges on the court.
Takes charge off the court.
Brockman’s most memorable moments came before the season and towards the end of it. His burger and his video are what everyone will most remember about the undersized, powerful backup center/power forward. There was some concern heading into the 10-11 season that Brockman was neither big enough nor talented enough to handle the backup center position, especially with Bogut coming off such a gruesome injury. Those concerns ended up being valid. But don’t blame Brockman. He competed all season and gave us some moments to enjoy. That can’t be said about everyone on this team.
Health concerns were real.
Returned, brought hope to masses.
Too much asked of him.
While Delfino sat out 33 games early in the season, he represented hope as the team sputtered to unfathomable lows offensively. Soon he’d return, we all said, and when he does, he’ll bring the offense back to life with his shooting. That was a lot to ask out of a pretty good three-point shooter who doesn’t do a ton else. It was too much to ask. Delfino isn’t Kobe or LeBron, he looked primarily like a spot-up shooter who could thrive as just that. While that helped the Bucks, it wasn’t all the team needed. So much more was needed.
A spirited soul
On team devoid of leaders.
Half what was needed.
Skiles recently bemoaned the lack of leadership in the Bucks locker room this season. The addition of youth and the quiet Boykins on the end of the bench was paired with the Dooling pickup last summer. Dooling has some serious leadership chops, but no one can do it all by themselves. Every young player on the team noted Dooling as a positive influence at one point or another. Unfortunately, Dooling struggled with his shot throughout the year and was largely ineffective on offense. It’s great that he is a positive influence, but it would have been even better if he was a positive on the court.
In like a lion.
Soon we heard nothing from him.
Out like a burglar.
On goes the CD-R roller coaster. It was cool to see what many of us saw as a promising young prospect expressing his joy about a trade to Milwaukee. It was fun to see his unorthodox style occasionally pile up the points. But not often did he separate himself from a fairly woeful pack this season. CD-R will move on this summer and may land in a spot more suitable for him. Hopefully he finds a home eventually.
The face of failure.
Next season, much rests on him.
The face of success.
Gooden’s bloated contract looks like a potential albatross. It’s a symbol those calling for the ousting of John Hammond point to. But Gooden can still make right. In theory, he seems like a great dance partner for Bogut. His passing is probably underrated and, while his shot-selection is questionable, he has undeniable talents. If he stays healthy next season, he could make a big difference for the Bucks. Or he could prove that his contract was a mistake.
Jeremy Schmidt writes the Milwaukee Bucks blog Bucksketball.com. Follow him on Twitter. Become a fan on Facebook (right sidebar).