Villanueva: Shades of a young Terry Cummings
Reading various scouting reports on new Bucks PF Charlie Villanueva, you know who he suddenly reminds me of, both in term of physical tools and basketball skills? A young Terry Cummings.
When the Bucks traded the incomparable Marques Johnson for the young Clipper power forward Terry Cummings they lept off a declining curve and put themselves back on an ascending curve that kept them an elite team through the duration of the 1980s. Cummings, like Villanueva, was not the biggest power forward, and at times he was a bit overmatched on defense, but he had an immense arsenal of offensive moves that few 4s in the Association could match.
If Villanueva truly brings such a package back to Milwaukee he too could be a key part in the reascension of the organization. His athleticism and offensive repetoire is unique amongst NBA power forwards. Yes, he will struggle on defense, and he has to be crafty to be an effective rebounder, but his ability to score the basketball is nearly second to none.
If my analogy holds, he and Michael Redd should make quite a one-two punch for the Red and Green. When do they start selling season tickets?