Buck Hits: Henson as Javale McGee, Bill Simmons takes the under and a new lease

A week from now the Milwaukee Bucks will be opening up their regular season in Boston! Today, the Bucks are in Green Bay to face the Minnesota Timberwolves in their final preseason game. Here’s a summary of the past week of Milwaukee Bucks news.


Bucks 94 – Washington 102 – Recap, Box Score

Bucks 95 – Toronto 104 – Recap, Box Score

Bucks 100 – Charlotte 90 – Recap, Box Score


I didn’t know much about him until a few months ago, when I attended the NBA draft. There he was, hands-down the silliest, most talkative, chattiest of the incoming crop of talent. I think this will translate well when it comes to pranks, as well as being an easy target for getting pranked.

  • Also yesterday, Bill Simmons of Grantland posted his Eastern Conference over/under podcast with Jon House. Simmons believes that the Bucks will win 32-33 games, falling under the team’s projected number of 37.5. House also picked the under, thinking that the team will win 37. Neither thinks that the Jennings/Ellis backcourt will work, with Simmons saying that it, “would be fine for a pickup basketball game.” The two begin talking about the Bucks at the 37 minute mark if you want to check it out.
  • Also also yesterday, the guys at The Basketball Jones released their 2012-13 NBA League Pass Power Rankings. The Bucks are ranked 11th, up nine spots from last year. There isn’t much analysis to go with the pick.

A full season of the Monta/Jennings back-court. That’s about it here — besides more Ersan Ilyasova box score weirdness and Drew Gooden regular weirdness — but what more do you need, really?

  • Man, everything happened yesterday, like this superb season preview guide from TrueHoop’s Hardwood Paroxysm. The 130 page PDF offers pages of analysis and statistical breakdowns for each team, with the Bucks having four articles. In one of the articles, Jared Dubin labels the Bucks as the team most apt for the theme, “where are we going?” Fun!
  • On Wednesday, Jacob McCormick of BrewHoop did a player-by-player “statistical primer” of the Bucks roster. In simpler terms, it’s a breakdown of the Bucks that looks at which stat is the most important for each player. It’s well done.
  • Finally, on Monday the Bucks and the BMO Harris Bradley Center agreed on a six year lease extension through September 30, 2017. The deal surely doesn’t guarantee that the franchise is safe from moving if Herb Kohl sells it in the next six years, but it does show potential buyers that the city is committed to the team. Or, as BMO Harris Bradley Center board chairman Marc Marotta puts it:

This six-year lease extension represents a long-term commitment between the BMO Harris Bradley Center and the Bucks, offering security for the next five years as the community continues to determine its potential path to a new arena.

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  1. How boss would it be to get a new arena? That would go a long way to making the team become relevant again.