A new Milwaukee Bucks feature that will be developing shortly on Pocket Doppler is a ranking of the team players. It’s been an uneventful few days as the team traveled to Philly for their game tonight against the 2-10 76ers. This is a truly a game that the Bucks should absolutely dominate. There will be more on that in Sunday’s weekly report.

Before rankings can happen on a regular basis, it seemed logical to re-post our preseason player rankings and add a short intro to the piece. Strictly for the preseason ranking, players were sorted based on the potential value they could bring to the team during the upcoming season. There is also info on each player as to what that potential value is. Certainly now that the season is underway, the rankings will become less hypothetical, and more of a “what have you done for me now?” sort of thing.

Enjoy

Rank Player Height Weight Position Exp Age
1 Andrew Bogut 7-1 260 Center 5 25
If Andrew Bogut can get to 100% health and improve on the year he was having in 2009, he’ll be runner-up to Dwight Howard as DPOY. Another year of 10+ rebounds and 2-3 blocks average not out of the question.
2 Corey Maggette 6-6 225 Small Forward 11 30
Consistent scorer, works very well around the basket, always gets to the free throw line. If Skiles can get him to play defense, Corey Maggette will be the Bucks’ 2 nd best player.
3 Brandon Jennings 6-1 169 Point Guard 1 21
Lots to improve on: right-and-left handed balance, finishing at the basket, shooting touch. Again, if the potential continues to play out, Jennings’ value to the team is that important.
4 John Salmons 6-6 207 Shooting Guard 8 30
Can’t underestimate the importance of a shooting guard with height, one who has good vision and IQ on the defensive side of the ball. Salmons was a big part of last year’s excellent team chemistry.
5 Drew Gooden 6-10 250 Forward/Center 8 29
Gooden is undersized at the center position, but has played it well in the past. Bogut and Gooden have had only a short time to play together in the preseason, but compliment each other extremely well.
6 Ersan Ilyasova 6-9 235 Small Forward 5 23
The Bucks’ “keep defenses honest” guy: Ilyasova can play smart around the basket and can also stretch the defense outside with his 3-point shooting.
7 Larry Sanders 6-11 235 Power Forward R 21
This is again, strictly a potential ranking: Sanders needs to bulk up in size, but his defensive ability won’t be questioned. His 7’7” wingspan will cause harm to a lot of other teams.
8 Luc Richard Mbah a Moute 6-8 230 Power Forward 2 24
Mbah a Moute might be the biggest one to suffer playing time with the team as deep as it is. But don’t underestimate his important in eating up minutes off the bench or because of injury. Top-10 defender in the league.
9 Carlos Delfino 6-6 230 Guard/Forward 6 28
Depending on the team the Bucks go against, Delfino can start any game or get a lot of time off the bench. Defense can use some improvement, but he’ll hit the clutch shots every time.
10 Chris Douglas-Roberts 6-7 210 Guard/Forward 2 23
Too many players with too much “assumed potential.” Douglas-Roberts can be a great player, but in my opinion he will need some time in a good system to get there.
11 Jon Brockman 6-7 255 Forward/Center 1 23
Brockman is a good option off the bench. Undersized in height, but bangs around with the best of ‘em. He has a high-percentage shot in the paint and rebounds like a player much taller than he is.
12 Keyon Dooling 6-3 195 Point Guard 10 30
A taller backup than last year’s backup Luke Ridnour. That could be an asset on defense, but by how much? We won’t know until he hits the court. If he is as scrappy as Ridnour was, his veteran role will be a big help.
13 Earl Boykins 5-5 133 Point Guard 12 34
Not much to say here. Boykins can be difficult to defend because he is so small. He has a surprising range of things he can do, but will mostly serve to eat up clock or help in cases of foul trouble.
14 Darington Hobson 6-7 210 Forward R 23
Hobson is a multi-faceted player, leading his college team in points, assists and rebounds his junior year. Hard worker, but wont see much playing time for a few years until he can fully develop.
15 Michael Redd 6-6 215 Guard 10 31
Hard to think of a higher-class player than Michael Redd, a man who remained dedicated to the team and community through so many terrible Bucks’ teams. Sad to see him end up in this spot. When he retires, put his #22 in the rafters.

I also have a quick overview of each Bucks’ week. Remember, our Bucks’ week runs from Wednesday – Tuesday.

http://www.milwaukeebriansports.com/p/nba-central-standings.html

Rank Player Height Weight Position Exp Age
1 Andrew Bogut 1-Jul 260 Center 5 25
If Andrew Bogut can get to 100% health and improve on the year he was having in 2009, he’ll be runner-up to Dwight Howard as DPOY. Another year of 10+ rebounds and 2-3 blocks average not out of the question.
2 Corey Maggette 6-Jun 225 Small Forward 11 30
Consistent scorer, works very well around the basket, always gets to the free throw line. If Skiles can get him to play defense, Corey Maggette will be the Bucks’ 2 nd best player.
3 Brandon Jennings 1-Jun 169 Point Guard 1 21
Lots to improve on: right-and-left handed balance, finishing at the basket, shooting touch. Again, if the potential continues to play out, Jennings’ value to the team is that important.
4 John Salmons 6-Jun 207 Shooting Guard 8 30
Can’t underestimate the importance of a shooting guard with height, one who has good vision and IQ on the defensive side of the ball. Salmons was a big part of last year’s excellent team chemistry.
5 Drew Gooden 10-Jun 250 Forward/Center 8 29
Gooden is undersized at the center position, but has played it well in the past. Bogut and Gooden have had only a short time to play together in the preseason, but compliment each other extremely well.
6 Ersan Ilyasova 9-Jun 235 Small Forward 5 23
The Bucks’ “keep defenses honest” guy: Ilyasova can play smart around the basket and can also stretch the defense outside with his 3-point shooting.
7 Larry Sanders 11-Jun 235 Power Forward R 21
This is again, strictly a potential ranking: Sanders needs to bulk up in size, but his defensive ability won’t be questioned. His 7’7” wingspan will cause harm to a lot of other teams.
8 Luc Richard Mbah a Moute 8-Jun 230 Power Forward 2 24
Mbah a Moute might be the biggest one to suffer playing time with the team as deep as it is. But don’t underestimate his important in eating up minutes off the bench or because of injury. Top-10 defender in the league.
9 Carlos Delfino 6-Jun 230 Guard/Forward 6 28
Depending on the team the Bucks go against, Delfino can start any game or get a lot of time off the bench. Defense can use some improvement, but he’ll hit the clutch shots every time.
10 Chris Douglas-Roberts 7-Jun 210 Guard/Forward 2 23
Too many players with too much “assumed potential.” Douglas-Roberts can be a great player, but in my opinion he will need some time in a good system to get there.
11 Jon Brockman 7-Jun 255 Forward/Center 1 23
Brockman is a good option off the bench. Undersized in height, but bangs around with the best of ‘em. He has a high-percentage shot in the paint and rebounds like a player much taller than he is.
12 Keyon Dooling 3-Jun 195 Point Guard 10 30
A taller backup than last year’s backup Luke Ridnour. That could be an asset on defense, but by how much? We won’t know until he hits the court. If he is as scrappy as Ridnour was, his veteran role will be a big help.
13 Earl Boykins 5-May 133 Point Guard 12 34
Not much to say here. Boykins can be difficult to defend because he is so small. He has a surprising range of things he can do, but will mostly serve to eat up clock or help in cases of foul trouble.
14 Darington Hobson 7-Jun 210 Forward R 23
Hobson is a multi-faceted player, leading his college team in points, assists and rebounds his junior year. Hard worker, but wont see much playing time for a few years until he can fully develop.
15 Michael Redd 6-Jun 215 Guard 10 31
Hard to think of a higher-class player than Michael Redd, a man who remained dedicated to the team and community through so many terrible Bucks’ teams. Sad to see him end up in this spot. When he retires, put his #22 in the rafters.
 

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