Bogut/Bell going one way, Redd the other
I had written a killer post (according to me) explaining how and why January has been the best of times for the once forlorn tandem of Andrew Bogut and Charlie Bell, and how it has been the worst of times for the suddenly sagging Michael Redd. However, I lost the post when blogger.com disconnected. Pissed me off.
I'm not going to rewrite it, but I'll give you the executive summary.
Redd's numbers have been trending downward since November. I said the cause was his reversion to "Redd the Jump Shooter" and then I listed his declining FTAs, Rebounds, and adjusted FG percentage as proof of his abandonment of the aggressive approach that brough him great early success. I said he needs to get back to that style by not settling for jumpers and instead attacking the basket and the boards once again.
As for Bogut, I wrote that he is trending way up because his adjusted FG is way up, his rebounds/min are up, and so is his FT%. I mentioned how awesome he's playing, but challenged him to do "awesomer" by continuing to improve his FT% (which he's proven he can), and rebounding in the .30/min range. If he can do that consistently, he will move into the elite.
Bell, on the other hand, has salvaged his season by suddenly shooting the lights out from everywhere at the moment, and because he's cut his turnovers in half this month.
Finally, I noted that when I compared the statistics in games the Bucks won and games the Bucks lost, the only glaring differences were the AFG%s of Bogut, Bell, and Redd. All three are below 50% in the losses, and all three are well above 50% in the wins. Apparently, when those three are hitting simultaneouly, the Bucks win. So if Redd could just get going...