- 05/03/2011, 09:05PM ET
Dyhard said 05/03, 09:05 PM
Scott Skiles took the reins of the Milwaukee Bucks back in the 2008-2009 season. That season, he took the Bucks to a record of 34-48. Last year, the Bucks were able to make it back to the post-season to face the Atlanta Hawks, in which they lost in seven games. Coming into the 2010-2011 season, Milwaukee fans had high hopes for the Bucks, especially with their new acquisitions of Drew Gooden and Corey Maggette. They also re-signed John Salmons, the savior, so to speak, of the 2009-2010 season. The Bucks started off slow, and just never got back together. They were able to make it to a .500 record on November 13th, but that was the only time all season. The Bucks season had two major causes for their terrible season.
Injures set a big toll on the Bucks, losing Gooden, Bogut, Maggette, Ilyasova, Delfino and Jennings significant time. But in the time those players were around, they were used ineffectively and displayed horrid shooting being the worst team in the league. Skiles did nothing to correct this, and routinely had the players around the perimeter the entire time, with Bogut by the basket. He did nothing to help correct the offense. He should be gone.
DJRoxalot said 05/03, 09:22 PM
They are 1 season removed from the playoffs. If it was 2 or even 3 years removed from the playoffs? Maybe it would be time to can him and move on.
Who would you replace him with? And do these candidates have a magical elixir for injuries? Because if so? He is a wanted man in the NBA.
But he deserves the CHANCE to return and prove the team can rebound.
Why? You stated it for me.
Drew Gooden played in just 35 games.
Carlos Delfino played in just 49 games.
Brandon Jennings played in 63 games.
Andrew Bogut played in 65 games.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is not a quality starting PF. I love my Bruins but if he is starting for your team? You are in serious trouble and he made 52 starts for Milwaukee.
And the Bucks averaged 91.9ppg and gave up 92.7.
Luc averaged 6.7ppg.
Gooden would have made a bigger difference than most people think.
The Bucks missed a playoff spot by 2 freaking games behind Indiana. If they had been healthy they would have made the playoffs instead if Indiana.
He is 115-121 in 3 seasons. With a playoff appearance in just his 2nd season.
He should be retained.
Dyhard said 05/03, 10:38 PM
The Bucks are only one season removed from the playoffs, but are falling farther and farther away from actually obtaining that pristine land. The Bucks had a new mind set this year and that was to focus on the defensive side of the ball. Skiles stressed that all season and worked very hard in the pre-season to get the players to know how to run good defenses. While that worked on the defensive side of the ball, you can't win when the offense disappears while working with the defense.
The reason Mbah a Moute is starting in Milwaukee is that his defense is top notch. While I don't think that he will end up starting over Gooden if Gooden is healthy all season, I do think that Mbah a Moute starting was due to his defensive ability and him staying healthy.
The Bucks put up 91.9 ppg this season. They had the worst shooting percentage in the entire league. More times than not, their offense was set up so that they stayed around the perimeter. That has to be all played on the coaching. And when the Bucks continued to miss shot after shot? Yeah, he never worked with the offense to change it. Bogut being alone down low is not the key to a successful offense.
DJRoxalot said 05/04, 03:18 PM
"The Bucks are only one season removed from the playoffs, but are falling farther and farther away from actually obtaining that pristine land."
They are not 2 or 3 years removed from the playoffs. Just 1, so saying they are falling farther and farther behind makes no sense.
"The Bucks put up 91.9 ppg this season. They had the worst shooting percentage in the entire league."
And Skiles shoots the ball? No, he does not.
What he needs to do is make Jennings more of a passing PG. Jennings averaged a pathetic 4.8apg. To put in perspective? Kobe averaged 4.7apg and he is a SG, not a PG.
Jennings thinks he is the next Derrick Rose and he is not. He made just 39% of his FG's and a horrible 32.3%.
"And when the Bucks continued to miss shot after shot? Yeah, he never worked with the offense to change it. Bogut being alone down low is not the key to a successful offense."
A healthy Drew Gooden will help the offense. Gooden and Bogut gives them 2 low post players that they can choose from.
Regardless, Bogut needs more than 11.4 FG's per game. Expect Skiles to change that.
Especially since the Bucks were last in FG % and tied for 23rd in 3-point %.
Dyhard said 05/04, 04:19 PM
It makes total sense because you have management dropping loads of money on players that do nothing to help contribute to the offense. Look at the moves the Bucks made this past offseason. They worked out poorly. They didn't provide any help on the shooting percentage board and ever since the 2006-2007 season, the Bucks have gotten worse EACH season in shooting percentage and show no signs of change.
Nobody can shoot the ball well. And Jennings said he was going to try to get at least 6 apg this season. That didn't happen. Beginning of the season when he started getting more assists, the Bucks couldn't shoot because the offense they run is terrible. Just plain awful. http://basketballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=1556 -- that article describes AND shows how awful the offense was ran.
You're right, Bogut does need more shots, but when you have an offense that stands at the perimeter and only has Bogut down low, you won't change that. Through the course of the season, Skiles did nothing to help improve the offense and that's a major sign of bad coaching. Milwaukee needs to revamp the coaching staff and get people actually willing to help.
DJRoxalot said 05/05, 10:05 AM
The moves worked out poorly?
You cannot judge them.
Gooden played in just 35 games!!!!
And management is not no silly as to fire Skiles after all the games lost due to injury. They were never able to develop any chemistry which is crucial to any teams success....
In 2009-10 Salmons shot 46.7% with the Milwaukee Bucks. He was part of the reason the Bucks got hot after the trade and they made the playoffs.
And Gooden is not a career 43% shooter.
He is a career 46.9% shooter and he will rebound from that poor season.
Maggette made 45.% of his FG's this past season.
Skiles has been there 3 seasons and he deserves another year or 2 to prove this season was an anomaly.
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