Bucks Diary

Friday, October 13, 2006

Bucks Noel outplays Adam Morrison

For one night at least, it was difficult to tell which starting small forward was the one picked number three overall and christened a future superstar, and which one was chosen deep in the second round and expected to make no significant impact on his team.

Last night, the better player was wearing the Bucks traveling green. In fact, thus far in the preseason the Bucks lone draft choice, 6'6'' SF David Noel, has looked like a lottery pick. And last night he decisively outplayed a real one.

He and the Charlotte Bobcats' Adam Morrison each played 26 minutes in last night's preseason contest. Noel made much better use of his time. He scored an impressive Eff48 of 25.84, while his counterpart could only muster a measly 5.53.

Combined with another impressive performance from swingman Ruben Patterson (with an Eff48 of 26.24) the Bucks look to be much improved on the wing.

Now if they could only shore up the point guard spot. Thus far the Bucks are getting nothing from the position. Mo Williams sat out last night's game after going 0-for-7 in the first exhibition, and Steve Blake effectively sat out the game failing to register a single efficieny point in nearly 30 minutes of action. Hard to do.


At October 14, 2006 at 3:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding Blake, he started slowly last season in Portland also. The preseason is, frankly, meaningless. When Blake gets used to Stotts I think you'll see a different player. It isn't like he's going to take Williams' place as starter anyway, and judging by his comments to the press when he was introduced to Milwaukee, it doesn't seem to be an issue with him.

I will also point out that I believe that Portland will regret moving Blake in the long run. I believe the only reason they made the deal was for Magloire's expiring contract and, frankly, to possibly use Magloire as a more attractive piece to use to jettison a significantly more unattractive player (a Miles or a Randolph).

PS -- Enjoy your blog. Keep it up.

At October 14, 2006 at 12:08 PM, Blogger Jeramey said...

Williams was 0-5 in the first game, you added his 3pts into his FG (in which they're already counted).

He missed last night because his son was born the night before.

Don't panic on Blake, he's going to be fine.

At October 14, 2006 at 2:23 PM, Blogger Sky Hook said...

Thank you for the statistical correction. I was just going off (faulty) memory.

I think both commenters are right. I need to be patient on Blake. He's a proven commodity. He may simply be feeling his way through.

Thanks again for the comments.

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