Bucks forwards: Injured rookie Darington Hobson plans return, but do the Bucks want him back?

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Every so often during this mean season, when Bucks fans would be overcome by one of those perplexed expressions that fans of losing teams know well, someone would ask:

Whatever happened to that Hobson kid from U. of New Mexico the Bucks drafted last summer, the guy who had hip surgery?  (In fact, this happened just last week at The Bob Boozer Jinx. We didn’t have an answer then — but we do now.)

Darington Hobson, 6-7 forward, the 37th pick in the 2010 draft, has had successful surgery on both hips, is off of his crutches and will “seriously consider” resigning with the Bucks (lockout allowing), the Racine Journal Times reported this weekend.

“They have been very good to Darington. And Daring likes it there,” said Hobson’s agent, Sid Lash. “We got to do our due diligence and find out if it’s the right fit for the Bucks and for us.”

Well, that’s good news. Two good hips, no bridges burned, no hard feelings. Now what?

I’d like to be able to say the Bucks had high hopes for Hobson, who turns 24 in September, but that doesn’t appear to have been the case.  When he was drafted, Hobson seemed almost an afterthought.

Hobson worked out in Milwaukee with Gordon Hayward, Lazar Hayward, Luke Babbitt, Jordan Crawford and Terrico White.  After the workout, very little about Hobson was said by Bucks scouting director Billy McKinney — the Haywards and Babbitt got most of the attention, with shooting guard Crawford receiving high marks.

The Bucks, of course, drafted shot-blocker Larry Sanders with their No. 15 pick.  The Haywards, Babbitt and Crawford were drafted in the first round.  White went to Detroit one pick before the Bucks selected Hobson with the No. 37 pick.  Hobson, a long armed rebounder, was the last man from the workout standing in the draft.

The Bucks cut Hobson in December to make room for free agent practice big man Brian Skinner.

Then there’s this unpleasant note from Draft Express:

“His shooting percentages from inside the arc leave a lot to be desired at just 43%, a reflection of his struggles finishing around the rim (due to his lack of explosiveness) in traffic, coupled with his often-poor shot-selection. … Hobson loves to pull up off the dribble in the mid-range area, but is not particularly effective when doing so.”

Unfortunately, the last thing the worst shooting team in the NBA needs is a 24-year-old coming off of two hip surgeries who shot worse than the 24-year-old they already have (Luc Mbah a Moute, a restricted free agent) — and has yet to prove he can play the kind of in-your-face defense that Bucks coach Scott Skiles demands.

So while Hobson is seriously considering a return to the Bucks, it isn’t clear why the Bucks would consider offering Hobson a contract and an invite to camp (not much is clear given the abundance of forwards on the roster and the looming lockout).  Maybe Hobson’s agent knows better (the Bucks did it once before, didn’t they?) but something tells me Hobson will probably have to look for work elsewhere in the NBA.

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