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Nash13
10-30-2005, 10:56 PM
Bogut Will Be Reserve Tank For Bucks
30th October, 2005 - 12:05 am
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - The playoff-hopeful Milwaukee Bucks had history on their side when they decided last week to go into this season with veterans Jamaal Magloire and Joe Smith in the starting lineup and rookie Andrew Bogut coming in off the bench.

Coach Terry Stotts said that Smith, if healthy, would start at power forward with Magloire starting at center. Bogut, who started all eight exhibition games at center, will play a reserve role. The Bucks are hoping that starting a veteran lineup will be beneficial to them in their quest for a playoff spot.

In deciding not to start Bogut, the Bucks were mindful of the fact that dating back to 1986, only three of the 19 players who were selected No. 1 overall in the draft, led their teams into the playoffs in their first season. Of those 19 players, only eight led their teams into the playoffs in their second season.

"History shows that overall, No. 1 draft picks don't necessarily lead teams to playoffs," Stotts said. "As a matter of fact, it's quite the opposite."
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That is so stupid in so many ways.

MavKikiNYC
10-30-2005, 11:25 PM
That is so stupid in so many ways.

The move itself or the rationale?

Move doesn't strike me as so bad. Let Bogut develop without forcing him to do more than he's ready to. If he improves quickly, they'll move him into the starting lineup later in the season.

If he develops more slowly than expected, it'll buffer them somewhat from criticism.

Nash13
10-31-2005, 07:40 AM
The move and its rationale.

As far as the move, is it so hard to put Bogut at the 4. Maybe it wasn't the smartest thing in the world to bring in an all star center if you already have one in the making. A lineup of Ford/Redd/Simmons/Bogut/Magloire can go up against the best of the east.

As far as the rationale, it's just not smart. Maybe he'd have a point if his team didn't have enough talent to make the playoffs.


EDIT-- Example of my last sentence. Josh Howard starts over Jamison his rookie season, the Mavs make the playoffs b/c they already have enough talent.