|2011-12 Team Rating|
|16th Overall||19th Overall|
Stats through Feb. 16
Losing Andrew Bogut -- again -- had these guys headed down as in "D," but Ersan Ilyasova and Drew Gooden have had their moments. Then there's Stephen Jackson...
Brandon Jennings had earned consideration as an All-Star reserve through January but has tailed off. Shaun Livingston has been successful just saying healthy. Nice add: Beno Udrih.
No wonder coach Scott Skiles has a man-crush on Luc Richard Mbah a Moute -- he's the only Bucks player with a defensive spirit. Or would that be pulse? Bucks' defensive rating has plummeted.
Mike Dunleavy, rookie Jon Leuer, Udrih and Ilyasova provide depth, even though it gets thinned when starting jobs have to be plugged.
Still love seeing what Skiles will draw up in late-game situations and out of timeouts. But rotations have baffled some players and defensive edge is lacking.
This is a lot like last year, only different, when you factor in Andrew Bogut's absence and a roster that is a collection of pieces more than any sort of whole. It's as if Skiles is working with a one-armed bandit of team -- he pulls the handle and waits to find out which three guys line up on any given night. Lot of lemons so far -- except against Miami.
Jennings seems to be almost raising himself, finding improvement early but dropping off, then talking a little crazy (about market size, about his effort recently). You'd expect the point guard in Skiles to work out these kinks -- and the defender in him to rail about the slippage on that end of the floor.
-- Steve Aschburner
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||C-|
|Los Angeles Clippers||B|
|Los Angeles Lakers||B-|
|New Jersey Nets||D|
|New Orleans Hornets||F|
|New York Knicks||C+|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||B-|
|San Antonio Spurs||A|