Friday, July 27, 2012

The Bucks Show Some Life During Summer League Play

Bucks Summer Leage 2012
Though the annual Summer League games aren't predictors of much, and nobody gives them much credence, the Bucks elegant thrashing of theChicago Bulls came as quite the surprise to most. Last season's central division champions looked like a high school squad on the court compared to the Milwaukee team, who barely missed the playoffs in 2011. And, even more surprising is that the pair's final match of the five game event wasn't an outlier; Chicago ended the league with a 1-4 record, their worst in the history of their participation in the league, while the Bucks went 4-1, their best showing to date. Perhaps not much would have been made of the win had it not been for the enormous deficit that Chicago fell by to their rivals to the north. Shoddy defense by the Bulls, or perhaps outstanding offense by the Bucks, led to five Milwaukee individuals reaching double-digits, and the team shooting an average seventy-five percent from the field, missing just four in the opening quarter. Recent pickup John Henson spurred the team's momentum in those first fifteen minutes, hitting a perfect six-of-six from the floor, helping the team lead by eleven at the break.

 In the second quarter, second year Bucks forward TobiasHarris continued where Henson left off. Milwaukee took nearly a twenty point lead into the half, thanks to sixteen points from Harris, who was averaging over twenty per night during the league.
The third quarter was the straw that would break the Bulls back, as the deficit increased to an irredeemable thirty-six points. Milwaukee would score nineteen unanswered points in that quarter, before hitting another twenty-seven points in the fourth quarter. Chicago would manage just thirty-one points during the final half, falling by forty-five, the worst deficit of any loss of any team in this year's league. 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Bucks Still Hope to Have Ilyasova on Roster in 2012

Ersan Ilyasova
The Bucks made the first move in what is sure to become a chess-like battle of negotiation between themselves, other teams, and the veteran forward Ersan Ilyasova. Ilyasova recently became eligible as a free agent, and due to this year's lackluster free agent pool, the twenty-five year old has become a coveted star.
The Nets and Cavailers are also considering offering Ilyasova a deal within the week, according to multiple news sources. Though, both of those teams would have to exceed the Bucks five-year $40 million offer. That scenario is not likely, however, as Milwaukee is the only team allowed to offer a five year deal to their former player; every other team in the league would be limited to just a four year contract. And as lacking as the talent is in this off-season's free agent class, there are still more lucrative options to be had for teams who would rather not raise Milwaukee's offer while losing a year of rights to Ilyasova. 
The Bucks initial move is right in line with what most experts expected. Ilyasova had a breakout season in 2011, raising his leverage in this summer's free agent pool at the right moment. Should he agree to the Bucks early offer, he would make eight million a year, making him the third highest paid player on the team's roster.