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Team RankingPTS/GOPP PTS/G
Central Division95.5 (4th)103.7 (4th)
Eastern Conference13th11th
Mejia's Offseason Grade
The Bucks overspent to retain Michael Redd, giving him a $90 million dollar deal, but you can understand why. What's the point in getting everyone excited over landing No. 1 pick Andrew Bogut if you're just going to let your franchise player walk? With both in the fold, the Bucks are generating excitement, particularly since they also coaxed coveted small forward Bobby Simmons to come over from the Clippers. A trade for Jamaal Magloire gives the Bucks a very solid duo at center Grade: A
 
Key Players
Michael Redd: Michael Redd serves as the Bucks' go-to player on offense.
Bobby Simmons: With Desmond Mason gone, Simmons will likely receive more minutes at small forward.
 
Role Playing
T.J. Ford, Guard
Pace-setter: He's back with a clean bill of health, which means the Road Runner show can pick up where it left off. Beep, beep. Ford plays the game faster than most, so if his teammates can keep up, Milwaukee should be one of the league's top-scoring teams.
Bobby Simmons, Guard/Forward
Mr. Versatility: Coach Terry Stotts plans on playing him at the two, three and even the four, making sure to get the offseason acquisition as much floor time as possible. It remains to be seen how he handles his own defensively against bigger competition, but he'll definitely aid Milwuakee's offense with his strong midrange shooting and constant hustle.
Dan Gadzuric, Center
Post defender: The one knock on rookie Andrew Bogut is that he might struggle defensively, making Gadzuric's presence vital. He'll be back to a reserve role after starting 81 last year, but will nonetheless be counted on to help anchor the Bucks interior defense when he's in there and may even play alongside Bogut in some instances. With him, anything he contributes on offense is a bonus.
 
Burning Question
Can Andrew Bogut flourish immediately and help vault Milwaukee into playoff contention?
The team had a fabulous offseason, keeping Michael Redd, getting T.J. Ford back and signing Bobby Simmons, but the new man in the middle is going to be the key, both now and in the future. How quickly he emerges will dictate whether the team has enough firepower to keep up with their deeper, more-established division rivals. He figures to take his lumps with everyone gunning for him, but considering how fundamentally sound he is and how comfortable he has looked in preseason, expect him to hold his own. If the double-doubles come immediately the Eastern Conference has another team to monitor.
 
 
Re-signed and ready to go is Michael Redd, who is one of the league's top perimeter shooters. (Getty Images)
 
 
Team Projections
Projected finish: 5th, Central division
Projected win total: 34-40
Team MVP: Michael Redd
Leading scorer: Redd
Leading rebounder: Jamaal Magloire
Leading assists: T.J.Ford
Top defender: Dan Gadzuric
 
Stat Rankings
Stat Rank Total
Pts Scored 15 97.2
Pts Against 20 100.2
Rebounds 14 42.3
FG% 13 45.0
 
PROJECTED STARTERS
PG T.J. Ford
A successful season will make him one of the NBA's most heart-warming comeback stories.
SG Michael Redd
The pressure to earn that $90 million dollar paycheck starts now.
SF Desmond Mason
The 6-5 wing has packed on muscle in an effort to be more durable and contend with larger small forwards.
PF Joe Smith
The former No. 1 pick is steady, but not spectacular. At this point, he's strictly a positive veteran influence.
C Andrew Bogut
All eyes will be on him.
Team Depth Chart
 
Player Movement
Movement Player Pos.
Key loss Zaza Pachulia C
Key gain Bobby Simmons SF
Key re-signing Michael Redd SG
Player Movement Chart
 
 
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