|2010-11 Team Rating|
|29th Overall||6th Overall|
Stats through Jan. 15
Andrew Bogut started scary, as if he wasn't going to recover all season from his brutal wrist and arm injuries of last spring, but has had big games lately. Ersan Ilyasova helps defensively and as a bonus weapon.
Before he broke a bone in his foot, Brandon Jennings hadn't appeared to improve over his rookie season. John Salmons, once again counted on, once again has been a letdown.
Milwaukee is holding opponents to nearly six fewer points per game this season than a year ago, which would matter more if it weren't scoring nearly seven fewer. Luc Mbah a Moute has Skiles' trust wherever he plays on D.
Corey Maggette has been getting to the foul line the way Milwaukee hoped, but he hasn't played well enough to stay on the court long. Jennings' injury revealed how much Luke Ridnour is missed as a backup point.
Skiles still is one of the best game coaches and almost always gets his guys to stay on task. He even has been patient through the injuries. But he hasn't been able to help them much offensively.
Expected by many to push Chicago in the Central Division, Milwaukee ranks as one of the league's biggest disappointments. Some Bucks fans have given up hope -- tired of waiting for a healthy roster, they're calling this a lost season. At best, Milwaukee is hoping for something similar to last year, when it came together late and made a push into the playoffs, scaring Atlanta in the first round even without Andrew Bogut.
It's true that Milwaukee's schedule has been rugged, with more games against .500-plus teams than anyone. But everybody eventually plays everybody and schedule strength won't matter much if the Bucks don't fix their own problems. They need leadership and energy from Jennings when he returns and steady contributions from Salmons, Gooden and Maggette. Otherwise, this isn't a team -- it's just parts.
-- Steve Aschburner
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