The Bucks finished with a 31-35 (47%) record in 2011-12 and they just missed making the playoffs. Injuries took their toll on the team but they were in the playoff hunt right up until the end of the year. Here is a look at the players who made the biggest impacts in 2011-12:
Team MVP: Brandon Jennings – 22-year old point guard Brandon Jennings was the Bucks’ best player in 2011-12. He played in 66 games (all starts) for the Bucks last year and he averaged 35.3 minutes, 19.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Jennings wasn’t quite as much of a ball hog as usual and the result was that he shot better.
Biggest Surprise: Ersan Ilyasova – 25-year old power forward Ersan Ilyasova came back from Europe with the vengeance in 2011-12 for the Bucks. He played in 60 games (41 starts) for the Bucks last year and he averaged 27.6 minutes, 13.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. The Bucks hope that Ilyasova’s 2011-12 season was not a mirage and more of a glimpse of things to come.
Biggest Disappointment: Stephen Jackson & Andrew Bogut – 34-year old SG/SF Stephen Jackson and 27-year old center Andrew Bogut were huge disappointments for the Bucks in 2011-12, so much so that they dealt them both to Golden State in the Monta Ellis deal at the trade deadline. Jackson quickly got into Scott Skiles’ Dog House due to poor shooting and a terrible attitude. Jackson played in 26 games (13 starts) for the Bucks last year and he averaged 27.4 minutes, 10.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game. Jackson only shot 35.7% from the floor and 27.8% from the three point line for the Bucks last year. Andrew Bogut got injured early in the 2011-12 season and he did not return. Bogut played in only 12 games (all starts) in which he averaged 30.3 minutes, 11.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steal and 2.0 blocked shots per game.