Milwaukee Bucks Getting Money's Worth Out Of Samuel Dalembert

By John Raffel
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Samuel Dalembert keeps getting better for the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Bucks entered the NBA All-Star break on Wednesday in a 94-92 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, with Dalembert netting 17 points and bringing down 14 rebounds and three blocks.

He also rescued his team from a struggling shooting night. The Bucks were  29 of 75 as a team, while Dalembert was 8 of 13 and hit a 13-foot turnaround jump to beat the shot clock late in the game.

It was one of his best performances of the season, and it served notice to the Bucks that they should be using him more often. He entered the game averaging 19 minutes per contest and was needed, because of Milwaukee’s thin lineup, to get in some more minutes.

After Wednesday’ s performance, his minutes might be going up. The six-foot-11 Dalembert keeps shooting the ball impressively. He has played in 31 games with 19 starts, and is shooting 59.3 percent from the floor, and 75 percent from the free-throw line. Those numbers are slightly ahead of his career numbers, and it’s no wonder why others would like to see coach Jim Boylan to use Dalembert more, provided he’s physically able.

He’s basically been a role player in his career, but he’s been a valuable one. He played his first eight seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers, but  is now playing for his fourth team in the past four seasons. It’s hard to say if Dalembert had found a home in Milwaukee, but If he shoots and contributes like he did the other night, the Bucks would be well-advised to make Dalembert feel right at home.

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