Jake's Take: Record-holders in the Making, 1/22/11
Jake LeRoy [@JakesTake34]
Bucks vs Grizzlies
Players often say that individual stats and records don't mean anything to them. It's all about team success. There's no doubt it's the politically correct stance, but I find it hard to believe that players don't have certain statistical milestones on their radar. While records may mean little to players, at least while they're on the record, I find that they're a vital aspect in accurately determining a player's place in the history of the franchise or league as a whole.
ESPN's John Hollinger recently dissected what NBA records could potentially be broken in the near future. That got me thinking where the current Bucks stand in franchise lore and what standing they could potentially hold in the record books.
I didn't go to the mathematical lengths that Hollinger went to because his methods are mostly way beyond my comprehension. I kept it simple and determined what it would take for players on the current roster to realistically crack the top five in franchise history in various categories within the next five seasons. It's unlikely that more than two players on the current roster will remain on the team over the next five years. For the sake of this exercise, though, we're going to assume they'll all miraculously remain Bucks during that span. Here's how it breaks down:
Andrew Bogut: Bogut needs to average 16.7 points per game for five straight seasons at 82 games per season to surpass Bob Dandridge for fifth in total points. He'll be top five in franchise history in total rebounds and blocks by the end of this season. He'll need to average 9.3 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per game to become the franchise's all-time leader in those categories. Bogut needs to average 5.3 made field goals, 12 field goal attempts, 2.9 made free throws and 3.4 free throw attempts per game to crack the top five in those categories. Finally, Bogut needs to average just 17.9 minutes per game to pass Michael Redd for fifth in minutes played and 25 minutes per game to pass Dandridge for first all-time.
Brandon Jennings: Jennings needs to average 4.1 assists per game for five straight seasons at 82 games per season to surpass Sam Cassell for fifth in total assists and 6.5 assists per game to pass Paul Pressey for first all-time. He'll need to average 8.7 made field goals, 17.2 field goal attempts, 3.8 made free throws and 5.3 free throw attempts to make the top five in those categories. Jennings needs just 0.6 made three-pointers per game to move into fifth all-time and 2.1 made threes per game to pass Ray Allen for first all-time. Finally, Jennings needs to average 1.5 steals per game to crack the top five in franchise history.
Ersan Ilyasova: Ilyasova needs to average 6.3 rebounds per game to pass Glenn Robinson for fifth in total rebounds. Additionally, he'll crack the top five in made three-pointers and three-pointers attempted if he averages 0.7 and 1.8 per game, respectively.
Larry Sanders: Sanders needs to average 1.1 blocks per game to pass Randy Breuer for fifth in total blocks. He needs to average 8.4 rebounds per game to move into the top 5.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute: The Prince needs to average 6.0 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game to move into the top five in those categories.
John Salmons: Salmons can move into the top five in made three-pointers if he averages 0.9 makes per game over the next five seasons.
Carlos Delfino: The long-range bomber needs to average 0.7 made three-pointers and 1.9 three-point attempts per game to move into the top five. He can realistically move into the top three in attempts if he averages 2.6 attempts per game over the next five seasons.
Corey Maggette: Maggette's knack for drawing fouls could move him into the top five in franchise history if he averages 4.2 made free throws and 5.8 free attempts per game.
Drew Gooden: If Gooden stays throughout his current 5-year contract, 8.2 rebounds per game would move him into the top five in franchise history.
- On Wednesday there was a big to-do about a Bears fan flaunting his Matt Forte jersey. Well, they're multiplying like Gremlins right now. I've counted three Bears jerseys in the Bradley Center tonight with Jay Cutler, Brian Urlacher and Walter Payton all getting representation. Just typing "Jay Cutler" makes me want to break something. I'm hoping Clay Matthews can help out with that on Sunday.
- I could be wrong, but it looks like CDR is wearing Capri tights tonight. I did something I don't usually do and tried to find some thigh showing, but it looks like those tights go from waist to mid-calf. It wasn't too long ago that the full length tights were banned in the NBA, but apparently the Capri length is acceptable. Somewhere Joe Smith is smiling.
- I was looking at Mike Conley's shoes and it got me thinking that the Grizzlies really should be wearing sneakers from the Steve Zissou collection. Conley's kicks are on the right track, but not quite there. The Zissous may be low-tops, but they're stylish and come with a complimentary red knit hat. Make it happen, Memphis, make it happen.
- I feel like Sam Young's last name is really one of those ironic nicknames. It's kind of like when a really fat guy is known as "Slim" or a really short guy is known as "Stretch." Young looks way older than his age suggests he should. He makes Greg Oden look like a little tiny infant baby child fresh from the womb.
- I'm not going to complain about Earl Boykins scoring so much, but it does worry me the Milwaukee offense is so often bailed out by its third-string point guard. Boykins is very good at creating his own shot and he's saved the Bucks on many occasions so this is definitely a good problem to have. Way too many possessions come down to Boykins having to create something out of nothing, though. The Bucks offense can't continue to put Boykins in that position if the team wants a chance at getting back to .500.
- It's about midway through the third quarter and it looks like it's not Milwaukee's night from the field. The Bucks have had numerous open looks from the opening tip on and the shots aren't falling. They're shooting just 38.2 percent at the moment but that number should be much higher. I can't give the Memphis defense any credit because it really hasn't been all that good. The Bucks are just flat out missing they're shots.
Closing It Out
Sometimes you have one of those nights where the lid is nailed on the rim and not even a jackhammer could get it off. Tonight was one of those nights. The Bucks had good look after look good but couldn't convert, especially from long range. Milwaukee attempted 17 three-pointers tonight and I can't remember a single one that was ill-advised. They were open, but only managed to convert five of them. There's really not a whole lot more to it. Sometimes the shots fall, sometimes they don't.
The other big factor in tonight's loss was the dominance of Memphis' frontline. Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph and Darrell Arthur each scored at least 14 points and finished with a combined 54 points and 31 rebounds while shooting 64 percent from the field. Milwaukee's trio of Bogut, Ilyasova and Sanders combined for just 32 points and 17 rebounds. The Bucks did a great job shutting down Rudy Gay and Mike Conley, but it's hard to overcome such a lopsided battle in the paint.
Earl Boykins had another solid showing off the pine with 23 points on 8-of-22 shooting. Like I noted earlier, though, the Bucks aren't going to win that often with Boykins taking 22 shots. Its great Milwaukee can go to Boykins in a pinch, but the Bucks need somebody else to be more assertive within the offense. I also thought Sanders played one of his better games tonight. He played a majority of the second half and finished with a respectable 12 points, six boards and three blocks, hitting jumpers on the offensive end and creating problems with his length on the other end.
Other than the first annual Brandon Jennings Invitational Tournament, it wasn't a very good Saturday for basketball in Milwaukee. Marquette once again blew a big first-half lead and the Bucks laid a dud. I guess we'll always have Austin Rivers. I'm really hoping that today's efforts aren't a precursor to the NFC Championship. Monday's are bad enough as is. I can't start the work week following a completely disheartening weekend of Wisconsin sports.
Note: These are the views of the 6th Fan Blogger. Thoughts and opinions expressed in this articles are not necessarily the views of the Milwaukee Bucks.