Jul 21, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT
Andrew Bogut’s elbow was not right last season, and it showed. He shot 1.4 fewer shots per game and made a lower percentage of them. Where it was really evident was the free throw line, where his shooting percentage dropped from 62.9 percent down to 44 percent.
He went back under the knife after the season and told Hoopshype that his elbow feels much improved now.
It’s good. It’s much better. I had to get surgery again at the start of April. The Bucks told me to stop playing and have surgery. It’s not totally pain free, but it’s much, much better than last season. I’m training and shooting in the last month and I’m very happy with where I’m now, but there’s still much more to do.
Bogut suffered a gruesome elbow injury near the end of the 2010 and said that after surgery he did not shoot a basketball all of last off-season. His first shots were the first day of training camp. Which starts to explain what happened to his shooting percentages.
With Stephen Jackson in the fold the Bucks are going to be an interesting team next season. Their defense was good last season, if they can keep that but improve the offense they become dangerous. But how far they go will depend more on how Bogut and Brandon Jennings step up their offensive games, something we expected last season but didn’t see. The Bucks could be a team that surprises some people.
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