The Milwaukee Bucks have undergone major changes this off-season, specifically to their backcourt. After having one of the most enigmatic backcourts in the NBA last year with Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis and, after the trade deadline, J.J. Redick, Ellis and Redick have signed elsewhere and, though many expect Jennings to re-sign with Milwaukee, there is still no deal done there.
It seems pretty clear that the Bucks are making a concerted effort to focus on the development of their frontcourt in the upcoming season. With young and talented players like Ersan Ilyasova, John Henson and Larry Sanders on their roster, it’s not hard to understand why the Bucks would want to lean that way.
Even though training camp hasn’t started for the Bucks, they have already suffered a setback in that plan. According to C.F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Sanders sprained his left ankle on Tuesday while playing in Vegas at the USA Basketball camp. As of right now, his status is somewhat up in the air.
Sanders is about to enter his fourth NBA season and many people are excited about what he can do as he continues to develop and continues to get a starter’s share of minutes. He started 55 of the 71 games that he played in last year and averaged 9.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in 27.3 minutes per game. He also shot 50.6 percent from the field.
Sanders is one of the best young interior defenders in the league right now and is showing continued improvement on the offensive end of the floor. With more focus being on the frontcourt next season, it’s exciting to see what Sanders will be able to do. Hopefully, for the sake of basketball and Bucks fans, this injury won’t be a huge setback for Sander’s fourth season.