The Bucks had high hopes for the 2012-13 season, but things just didn’t work out as planned. The Bucks were 38-44 in 2012-13, which had them in third place in the Central Division, 11.5 games behind the Pacers. The Bucks then got swept 4-0 by the Heat in the first round of the playoffs. Here is a look at the players who made the biggest impacts for the Bucks in 2012-13, in my opinion:
TEAM MVP: Monta Ellis – 27-year old shooting guard Monta Ellis came to play every single night for the Bucks. He played in 82 games (all starts) for the Bucks last year and he averaged 37.5 minutes, 19.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.1 steals per game. Ellis had 9 double-doubles for the Bucks last year. He had 37 games with 20 or more points, 9 games with 10 or more assists and 23 games with at least three steals last year.
BIGGEST SURPRISE: Larry Sanders – 24-year old center Larry Sanders pushed Samuel Dalembert to the bench in 2012-13. He played in 71 games (55 starts) for the Bucks last year and he averaged 27.3 minutes, 9.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 2.8 blocked shots per game. He had 26 double-doubles and 1 triple-double for the Bucks last year. He had 10 or more points 37 times last year. He also had at least 10 rebounds 36 times last year and at least 3 blocked shots 34 times in 2012-13.
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: Drew Gooden – 31-year old PF/C Drew Gooden got in the Dog House early in the 2012-13 season and he never got out. Gooden played in 16 games (0 starts) for the Bucks last year and he averaged 9.4 minutes, 3.3 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game. Gooden only shot 32.8% from the floor last year, which is simply awful for a big man.