Bucks Diary

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Nervous about Alexander

We just went through a season in which I pissed and moaned that the Bucks starting power forward was really a small forward. We traded him (Yi), but then we drafted a guy to replace him at power forward who seems to be a PURE small forward. Terrific.

For the second straight game, Bucks rookie Joe Alexander didn't rebound at all. He shows none of the instinctual qualities of a power forward. Yet there just going to jam him in there, call him one, and hope that it is so. It won't be so.

What do the Bucks have against rugged, traditional power forwards? Why won't they employ guys who live to rebound and love the smell of paint? Those type guys have great value, and that value is especially pronounced when your team is built around a finesse center like Andrew Bogut. I and others have long argued that Bogut's maximum potential won't be reached until he is paired with an enforcer at the 4. But the Bucks just won't get him one.

Right now, Alexander is looking like a bust. I know its WAY early, but he appears to be a man without a country. He isn't properly skilled to play a standout 3, and he doesn't rebound or get inside enough to play a manly 4.

Lets hope I'm wrong, but my horse sense tells me Hammond flamed out on his first draft pick. But I'll keep an open mind.


At July 18, 2008 at 5:23 PM, Blogger timfsull said...

One factor you might consider is that he is that he hasn't been playing the game for very long.

At July 18, 2008 at 5:25 PM, Blogger timfsull said...

So there's some reason to believe that his skill level might catch up to his athleticism. It at least seems more plausible for him than it does for a lot of guys drafted for athleticism and potential.


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