2009-10 record: 46-36, 6th place in Eastern Conference
BRANDON JENNINGS wore down last year, but he should be better prepared for year two. He’ll be more of a distributor with the Bucks adding so many scorers . . . JOHN SALMONS is their best scorer, but there’s no telling how many shots he’ll get with ballhog Corey Maggette playing on the opposite wing . . . Skiles has a more viable alternative to Jennings with KEYON DOOLING backing him up . . . CHRIS DOUGLAS-ROBERTS is going to miss Jersey. He’ll have a tough time finding PT . . . MICHAEL REDD won’t be back before midseason. He’ll be a shadow of his former self, and the Bucks are uninterested in playing him. Basketball odds.
COREY MAGGETTE has been a tunnel-vision scorer at every stop in his career . . . We’re not sure what the Bucks see in DREW GOODEN, but the way they’re paying him they’ll have to give him a starting spot . . . When they need defense, LUC RICHARD MBAH A MOUTE will be in the lineup . . . CARLOS DELFINO provides a little more offense off the bench . . . He’s raw, but LARRY SANDERS has a chance to develop into a solid starter with his combination of size, skill and athleticism . . . ERSAN ILYASOVA is in danger of being buried on the bench if he doesn’t play well early . . . JON BROCKMAN will occasionally provide rebounding muscle. Basketball spreads.
ANDREW BOGUT will probably be rusty after shattering his arm last April. He would have lost shots playing alongside Corey Maggette and John Salmons for a full season. The Bucks also have more than Dan Gadzuric to back him up, as Drew Gooden and Jon Brockman can both play the five spot in a pinch. Basketball lines.
Sportsbook.com Odds to Win NBA Championship: 50-to-1
2009-10 TEAM STATISTICS
Offense – 97.7 points per game (22nd in the NBA)
Defense – 96.0 points per game (7th in the NBA)