Mar 16, 2010, 10:21 AM EDT
There might be no better spot to land right now for a D-League player than Milwaukee. To be plucked from the too-small bus seats and hotel rooms to play for a team nobody wants to face in the first round of the NBA playoffs is about as good as it gets.
Alexander Johnson and Shavlik Randolph are competing for that dream, according to the ridiculously good Ridiculous Upside.
Sources close to the situation have confirmed that Sioux Falls Skyforce forward Alexander Johnson and former Portland Trail Blazers bigman Shavlik Randolph competed in a tryout Monday with the Milwaukee Bucks for a potential roster spot.
It sounds like Johnson… had the better tryout, beating Randolph in three of the four “one-on-one type games.”
Johnson — 6’9″ and 240 pounds, with a real NBA body — has been tearing up the D-League, averaging 23 points and 12 boards a game.
The Bucks were expected to add someone to the roster for a little more depth during their playoff push (although rotations tighten in the playoffs and likely this person will never see the floor). Originally it was thought they would add a swingman type, but apparently some front line depth also is being considered.
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