TKB welcomes Ryan Wallace,who worked for the Knicks’ basketball ops on Matt Harding’s staff for 8 years. Ryan was responsible for compiling data the team would use in scouting reports. Here are his notes on: the Bucks
Offense: Playing very small without Bogut. Will spread the floor and run allot of pick and roll action for Brandon Jennings. Have become more of an up-tempo team. Can space the floor very well with good three point shooters opening the lane for Jennings’ penetration.
Defense: Play tough man to man. Very small front court of Gooden and Ilyasova. Make up for lack of size with nonstop in your face man to man defense the whole game.
Brandon Jennings; (18.7ppg; 5.5apg; 1.5spg)Ultra quick point guard. Takes over 6 threes a game. Can be a very streaky shooter. Last 5 games avg 22.2 points and 7 assists.
Ersan Ilyasova; (11.6ppg; 8.9rpg)Good shooter who can also slash to the basket on offense. Production and minutes are way up since Bogut went down. Must keep him off the offensive glass. Loves the transition three. Last 5 games avg 18ppg and 11 rpg.
Carlos Delfino; (9.1ppg)Good three point shooter. Will play tough defense on other teams best wing.
Drew Gooden; (14.1ppg; 6.5rpg)Will shoot with range out to three. Starting now. Will play high pick and roll and look for jumpers. Avg 22ppg and 8 rpg in last 5 games.
Tobias Harris; (5.2ppg; 2rpg) Has been seeing more minutes. Up and down rookie season.
Beno Udrih; (5.6ppg; 3.3apg)Good veteran point. Does a good job organizing when coming in to spell Jennings.
Mike Dunleavey(10.7ppg; Looks to shoot it when he gets in the game. Likes to shoot over smaller wings that will be matched up against him.
Jon Leuer; (5ppg; 2.6rpg)Physical big who can shoot with range to 18 feet.
Shaun Livingston; (7.2ppg) Versatile defender can guard all the perimeter positions. Nice mid range game.
Larry Sanders; Big man who is their only real shot blocker. Getting more minutes. Last 5 games 6ppg and 1.6bpg.
Keys to Victory
-Have to attack the paint against this very small team.
-Must not let Jennings go off. He is very explosive when he gets hot. Especially from three.
-Don’t sleep on Gooden and Ilyasova. These guys are putting up very big numbers. They are also attacking the glass every chance they get.
-Mbah a Moute has been out with an injury and is unclear if he will play.
-Bucks are 9-9 at home this season. Shooting 37% from three in those games. In loses they are shooting 29% from three.