Sanders sent to Mad Ants

Larry Sanders is headed to the Mad Ants ... Hey, that other guy looks familiar.

Just the other day I mentioned how I thought the Bucks could benefit from giving Larry Sanders and Chris Douglas Roberts more minutes. Well, the Bucks listened, but not the way I intended.

The Bucks announced over the weekend they would be sending Sanders down the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the D-League so he could get more minutes. I have to admit when I first heard the news I thought it was a terrible idea seeing as he could have played more minutes for the pro team and really helped out.

It would have been nice to see him protecting the paint on Tuesday against Kevin Love and Michael Beasley, but it looks like Andrew Bogut and Jon Brockman will be left to fend for themselves.

The more I thought about it though, the more it made sense. Michael Redd is rejoining the team today and minutes will be even more limited when he starts to play, so for someone who has shown as much promise as Sanders; it’s important to keep him on the floor. But again, it’s sad to see a guy who was leading all rookies with 44 blocks be relegated to the minor leagues when you know he can contribute now.

As long as it is not a permanent stay and it goes better than the Joe Alexander experience, I think we all will be happy. I may even try to check out a game and see how he plays with former Purdue guard Chris Kramer and Tennessee forward Wayne Chism – two players I enjoyed watching in college.

The problem now is the frontcourt is very thin, especially with Drew Gooden out. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Ersan Ilyasova are going to have to be as tenacious as ever on the defensive side of the ball and be willing to mix it up with opposing centers. I have those two can do it and Tuesday will be a great first test, as they will have to try and help keep Love off the glass.

I haven’t heard much on the Michael Redd front or when they expect him to get into a game, but it will probably be a while. The iconic Buck is in his final season of a max contract that will net him $18 million this season, so I fully expect him to bust his tail and have some quality outings before season’s end to audition for a team. There is virtually no chance he ends up with the Bucks again, but I really do hope he ends his memorable run with the team on a high note.

Afterthoughts

Don’t know how many of you saw this, but check it out. It breaks down players’ willingness to pass and shoot in percentages – pretty interesting: http://www.basketball-reference.com/blog/?p=8847 … The All-Star weekend was tremendous this year. I thought Serge Ibaka was snubbed a little on the scoring for his free-throw line dunk, but overall the whole weekend was a lot of fun … Hockey Day in America on NBC was pretty cool. I got to see my Red Wings get a shootout win against a game Minnesota Wild team, so it was a Sunday well spent … Nonito Donaire put on a clinic against Fernando Montiel with an impressive knockout victory. If Donaire keeps moving up in weight, he could be a huge star.

Around the Web