WASHINGTON DC, (WSAU) Milwaukee Bucks’ coach Scott Skiles has given his younger players at lot of time on the floor during the team’s first three games. The Bucks have nine players younger than 27 – and their progress will determine if Milwaukee can make the playoffs this season.
Skiles is giving those young players a big chance early on. Veteran centers Samuel Dalembert and Joel Przybilla have only had limited minutes, although Dalembert starts. And veteran forward Drew Gooden has not played yet.
20-year-old Tobias Harris is starting at small forward in only his second year, while Luc Richard Mbah a Moute recovers from knee surgery. At 24, third-year power forward Larry Sanders is getting a chance to bloom as a key shot-blocker – and eliminate his previous foul problems and temper outbursts. He has averaged 12 points and three blocks so far.
23-year-old point guard Brandon Jennings hopes to take some big steps forward as he tries to get his first All-Star bid – and perhaps some big money after his rookie contract expires next July.
And the Bucks have both their June draft choices on their roster – forward John Henson and guard Doron Lamb. Skiles says players under 25 should be quote, “bouncing off the walls with energy.” The Bucks are 2-and-1 so far, and will play at Washington tonight. The Wizards are off to an 0-and-3 start.