MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Ersan Ilyasova started the season mostly coming off the bench. By the end of the season, he was unquestionably the team's best all-around player. Ilyasova finished the season with 20 double-doubles, easily the most on the team. That included 25 games in which he grabbed at least 10 rebounds. Ilyasova's finest hour came against the Nets on Feb. 29 when he scored 29 points and grabbed 25 rebounds to become just the third player in Bucks history to have a 25-25 game.
Carlos Delfino was expected to be the glue of the team again this season. But the veteran swingman had a rocky season. He shot the ball inconsistently -- he wound up shooting a dismal 40 percent from the field for the season -- and had too many defensive lapses. He was never a major contributor. On top of that, Delfino couldn't help the Bucks much down the stretch when they tried to make the playoffs as he was hampered by a serious groin tear.
The Bucks figure to undergo massive changes during the offseason from the top to the bottom of the organization. The Bucks need better leadership and judgment from their front office officials and they need better players. They obviously need a legitimate center and could use another dependable shooter off the bench to complement Mike Dunleavy.
FREE AGENT FOCUS
The Bucks' primary goal in free agency will be attempting to re-sign Ersan Ilyasova, who will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Ilyasova had a breakout season and, being just 25, will be highly coveted by many teams. The early word is Ilyasova will seek a yearly salary of at least $8 million.
--G Monta Ellis's future with the Bucks seems uncertain. While the Bucks like Ellis, one of the premier scorers in the game, there is some concern about whether they'll be able to retain him long term. Ellis has an opt-out clause in his contract after next season and there are already whispers that the veteran shooting guard will exercise that option. The general feeling is Bucks management will make a concerted effort to keep Ellis by extending him a lucrative, long-term contract extension this summer. If Ellis rejects those overtures, his stay with the Bucks could be short-lived.
--G Brandon Jennings performed well for much of the season. In fact, the young point guard drew serious consideration for a spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star team. But Jennings has had all sorts of issues with his defense and, often times, gave up more points than he scored. The Bucks may be at a crossroads with Jennings and must determine whether he is indeed their point guard of the future. Jennings is eligible for an extension this summer and it'll be curious whether the Bucks will do that... or if Jennings will even accept it.
--F Mike Dunleavy turned out to be one of the best off-season acquisitions in the NBA. Dunleavy, who signed a two-year, $5.4 million deal as a free agent last summer, provided the Bucks with a steady scorer off the bench, not to mention another quality passer. For one of the few times in his pro career, Dunleavy seemed totally comfortable and flourished in the Bucks' motion offense. Dunleavy figures to draw votes for the Sixth Man of the Year award.
--C Kwame Brown (torn pectoral) has been rehabbing in Atlanta and, according to his agent Mark Bartelstein, should be physically fit by the summer when he'll become an unrestricted free agent.
--F Carlos Delfino (right groin strain) will likely have surgery shortly after the season. He is expected to be fully recovered before the start of training camp next season.
--F Luc Mbah a Moute (sore knee) was slowed all season by the injury and there is speculation he will have surgery during the offseason.
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