Milwaukee Bucks power forward Ekpe Udoh saw his playing time drop a little bit last season from years prior, which is certainly something he should expect heading into 2013-14. Milwaukee has simply decided to go in a different direction. With that being said, what should the fans as well as the team expect from Udoh this season?
At least one of the four remaining members from last year’s roster was going to see their role take a backseat after all of the acquisitions the Bucks made in the offseason. Center Larry Sanders and power forward Ersan Ilyasova are the main attractions. Meanwhile, veteran Zaza Pachulia, who the organization inked a deal with in the offseason, will backup Sanders. Second-year player John Henson, who is one of the four returning players from last year’s roster, and Udoh will fight for minutes at power forward.
Many people expect Udoh to beat out Henson for the backup position. However, I believe it will be Henson who will win the battle in training camp. He simply has too much talent and upside to keep on the bench. Udoh will certainly be used during games due to his ability to consistently block shots, but do not expect to see him play 17.3 minutes per game like he did last season.
The good news is the Bucks have plenty of potential at all five positions. The competition will be fierce over the next few weeks, which will benefit the team. As much as I like seeing Udoh play, there is no doubt in my mind he will be the one that sees his time on the court diminish the most.