Posted by Neil Paine on October 15, 2010
Welcome to our 2010-11 NBA Blogosphere Previews, in which we contact the finest team bloggers on the web and ask them to contribute their thoughts on the squad they cover. What follows is their take, along with the team's depth chart (courtesy of ESPN.com), projected 2011 stats via our Simple Projection System, and polls where you get to have your say. Enjoy!
Coach: Scott Skiles
Record: 46-36, Finished 2nd in NBA Central Division
Pythagorean W-L: 46-36 (14th of 30)
SRS: 1.38 (14th of 30) ▪ Pace Factor: 91.7 (19th of 30)
Offensive Rating: 104.9 (23rd of 30) ▪ Defensive Rating: 103.1 (2nd of 30)
2011 Depth Chart (with 2010-11 projected per-36 minute stats ... yellow = newcomer)
|PF||Luc Mbah a Moute||24||9.7||8.0||1.6||1.3||0.8||1.5||0.479||0.1||0.337||0.722|
What a difference a year makes. One season removed from Last-Place-In-The-East predictions, the Bucks enter this season with high expectations and high hopes.
All eyes will quickly be on Brandon Jennings, and there are sure to be lots of concerned Wisconsinites if his shooting doesn’t rapidly improve one year after posting an abysmal 37.1 FG%. Still, he showed an excellent ability to run the team and should improve in 2010.
Milwaukee will again rely on a tough defense that ranked 3rd in DRB% and 4th in opponent TOV% last year. In addition, Milwaukee figures to boast one of the top bench rotations in the NBA. Assuming incumbent Carlos Delfino retains his starting position, the Bucks have a strong 6th Man of the Year candidate in Corey Maggette, an efficient scorer who should help them rectify their atrocious free-throw disparity (-6.6 FT/Gm differential). But will that be enough to improve an offense that only mustered 1.049 points per possession last year?
Perhaps most importantly, will Andrew Bogut return to his “shoulda-been-an-All-Star” form following his serious elbow injury? If the Bucks can improve their shot selection and get quality contributions from newcomers like Drew Gooden and Chris Douglas-Roberts along with another strong performance from re-signee John Salmons, this could be a team to watch.