Has he finally started to turn into the player that the Bucks paid for? I am a big fan of his (and any stretch 4 for that matter).
If he starts to play well what does that do for the Bucks in terms of a play-off run?
I think the bucks have great pieces to be a playoff team. Whether they go far or not is the question. They possess a good shotblocking center in Larry Sanders, a good stretch 4 in Ersan Ilyasova who can light up on any given night, hes not really elite by any means yet. Mbah a Moute is a good defender who can play good d on the opposing teams star. The back court speaks for itself with Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings. Bench is OK. I feel that is their demise though. John Henson is long and alters shots, but only plays 13 mpg. Dunleavy can shoot and score and be an good piece, but he cant do it alone. Ekpe Udoh cant score, but can block shots. Dalembert can rebound and block shots. What im getting at is that they have some tall trees who can protect the basket, but not really anyone off the bench to PUT IT IN the basket. Defensively they're sound. They need more offense off the bench to really be a threat in the playoffs in my opinion.
I really don't like Monta Ellis at all, he's fun to watch but he's a team killer.
There are other factors, but he's a big part of the reason Golden State has improved so much this year. He takes too many stupid shots, doesn't play defense and it shoes up in his Advanced Stats, Offensive Rating of 98 (points scored per 100 possessions) and a Defensive Rating of 105 (points allowed per 100 possessions). I would rather have an injured Bogut sitting on my bench than a healthy Monta jacking up shots and then waiting till his team gets the ball back.
Bucks need to get rid of Monta if they ever want to make a decent playoff run. Or play him off the bench at least
I think the Ersan investment was a good one.
Regarding the Bucks, I think ownership needs to decide what they are going to do with the GM. Is he going or staying? And what do you do with Jennings and Ellis. To me, that is not a good mix and it sounds like both are more interested in getting out of Milwaukee than staying. The Bucks, like a lot of small market teams are in the NBA abyss of not good enough to make a strong playoff push and not bad enough to get into the lottery.