The day after the NBA draft, I put together a post detailing my views on what the regular season rotation would look like for the Milwaukee Bucks. Now that the NBA Vegas Summer League has concluded, and we saw some revealing performances from the roster quartet of Tobias Harris, Larry Sanders, John Henson, and Doron Lamb, now's as good a chance as any to take another look.
After inking Ersan Ilyasova to a palatable 5 years/$40 million, the Bucks have not yet signed any other free agents (Randy Foye was heavily rumored before becoming a Jazz(?), as are Jermaine O'Neal and Joel Pryzbilla) or made any trades (Beno Udrih was the main name on the trading block) between the draft and now. Most of us think that the Bucks are/need to be in the market for an outside shooting wing (Carlos Delfino's hurt feelings notwithstanding), so the rotation definitely is subject to change between now and training camp/pre-season.
But it sure is fun to make predictions based on nothing but opinion and speculation. Let's dive in!
First off, let's rebuild the preliminary depth chart by position:
|Position||Starter||Bench 1||Bench 2||Bench 3||Bench 4|
|PG||Brandon Jennings||Beno Udrih|
|SG||Monta Ellis||Mike Dunleavy||Doron Lamb|
|SF||Luc Mbah a Moute||Mike Dunleavy||Tobias Harris|
|PF||Ersan Ilyasova||Ekpe Udoh||John Henson||Drew Gooden||Larry Sanders|
|C||Samuel Dalembert||Larry Sanders||Drew Gooden||Ekpe Udoh|
A few more details on this quasi-complete depth chart:
- I removed Monta Ellis from the PG rotation, especially after Steve's article praising Beno Udrih's contributions as a backup point guard. Until the Bucks sign another guard, the 1 is strictly for Brandon and Beno.
- I still have LRMaM designated as the starting SF, even though his game may or may not fit better as a PF. Bucks' brass has given indications that Luc will return to the 3, none larger than resigning Ersan, pushing Luc back outside with considerable contributions from Dunleavy and Harris as the season goes on.
- Minutes were distributed based on last season's usage, players' career averages, players' current trend (relative to their own careers), and depth at any given position.
- Lineup combinations are still absent from my amateur analysis, but that's something that the BH Brain Trust will certainly be working on.
|Luc Mbah a Moute||3/4||14|