Before the Bucks headed West two weeks ago for a five game road trip, we looked at the league leader boards, some advanced stats and other basketball geek fodder, and found some good things to write about after a small sample.
Two weeks later, there’s little good to write about, as nearly every Buck but an improved Brandon Jennings has either been injured or inconsistent or worse. The Bucks’ vaunted Top 5 defense has gone to pot and now rates 16th, allowing one point more than the league average of 102.6 points per 100 possessions. The Bucks, a team notoriously good at protecting the defensive glass, now ranks near the bottom with a 70.8% defensive rebounding rate.
Bucks center Andrew Bogut has not played well or even rebounded up to his standards (15.5% rebound rate, AB?) and, well, now he’s not playing at all after suffering a concussion against the Pistons on Thursday. Carlos Delfino and Stephen Jackson have played well in spots. In some stretches, they’ve been horrendous.
Remember when this team was good? Remember when Scott Skiles was good? Some even considered him “brilliant but evil.”
That was long ago, in another time and place and galaxy, in that long-ago age of Chicago Bulls basketball that didn’t include Derrick Rose.
For the 4-and-7 Bucks,”when we were good” was less than two years ago. There’s not a blogger in the Bucks-o-sphere who can capture the essence of all that’s gone wrong since then. As constructed, the Milwaukee Bucks are either a mess waiting for an upsurge remniscent of 2010 …
Or they’re just a mess that, for the second year in a row, was not ready to begin the season.
A wise man recently said: “Waiting for Bogut has become like Waiting for Godot.”
Note: The Bucks have played the 22nd toughest, or 9th easiest schedule in the league. This was not the part of the schedule where they could afford to go 4-and-7.