No back-up for Bogut at center

“Man, the Celtics are big in the middle,” I realized, watching Jermaine O’Neal muscle the Sixers around in the post for half of the preseason scrubfest the Celtics played in Philly tonight. The C’s have Shaq, too, ready for action while starting center Kendrick Perkins recovers from injury.

Our less-than-100-percent center, Andrew Bogut, will have his hands full when he gets back into action.  The centers in Chicago and Orlando will be there too, working the paint to keep the Bucks out of the Eastern Conference top four.  Given all the other problems the Miami Heat pose, Big Z has had Bogut’s number for years.

For all the offseason changes made by John Hammond, the Bucks GM left the backup center’s seat on the Bucks bench empty.  New Bucks Jon Brockman and Dwight? Drew Gooden, they’re not centers.  Rookie Larry Sanders, for all that wingspan the Bucks drafted — he’s a rookie.  And let’s hope coach Scott Skiles has the decency to keep Ersan Ilyasova out of the center mix as he tries to find playing time for Ersan and Luc Mbah a Moute after the addition of Gooden.

In other words, as overloaded and versatile as the Bucks are at the power forward spot that has jinxed them for almost 40 years,’ they’ve got no backup center for their 25-year-old All-Pro as he works his way back from the broken arm and mangled finger that ended his 2010 season. (And no, retread Brian Skinner doesn’t cut it).

Meanwhile, Bogut has yet to play this preseason. Is it time to worry in Bucksland?  Frank over at Brewhoop thinks it’s about time to fugedaboutit and get Bogut out on the court.

And while there won’t be any guarantees that Bogut can stay healthy–whether it’s related to his arm, back, knees, etc–the Bucks may not have the luxury of playing it safe for too long.

They don’t.  Truth is, the Bucks have one NBA center on their roster, and their chances of moving up in the East ride with him.

2 thoughts on “No back-up for Bogut at center

  1. J.D. Mo. Post author

    Gadz proved in the playoffs that he could still be effective for short stretches, although Skiles didn’t figure out until Game 3 that he couldn’t play Ersan at the 5 against the Hawks.

    With Bogut coming back from injury, Hammond should have made finding — I agree — not one, but two centers to back Bogut a priority. Maybe Shaq was never a real possibility but I did hear that the Bucks were in the running for Erik Dampier but it didn’t pan out for whatever reason.

    Skiles had Curry in Chicago for two years and the Bulls absolutely fleeced the Knicks in the Curry trade. Wonder if Skiles would want him around? But what a deal it was for the Bulls:

    October 4, 2005: Traded by the Chicago Bulls with Antonio Davis and a 2007 1st round draft pick (Wilson Chandler) to the New York Knickerbockers for Jermaine Jackson, Mike Sweetney, Tim Thomas, a 2006 1st round draft pick (LaMarcus Aldridge), a 2007 1st round draft pick (Joakim Noah), a 2007 2nd round draft pick (Kyrylo Fesenko) and a 2009 2nd round draft pick (Jon Brockman).

  2. Kevin

    Long overdue story, this issue should have been resolved by now. As we discussed earlier, trading second round pick Jones made no sense, although he may not be NBA ready. Darn, we need TWO backups to replace Gadz and Brezec. Now, how about Redd for Eddie Curry? Both are coming off injuries, high salaried and close to the same age. If they can get healthy, they would each help their new team. Bucks need a backup capable of starting and Curry has done that. But in the meantime, a forward could be traded for another center.

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