Bucks at a glance

Updated: October 26, 2004, 12:47 PM ET
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Fantasy tip
Desmond Mason
Michael Redd and Keith Van Horn will put up points. Think Desmond Mason if you need steals and some all-around numbers.

Terry Porter did a masterful job getting the Bucks to finish .500 and make the playoffs. It'll be tough (impossible?) to repeat that.

Their high-octane offense (98 ppg; fourth in the NBA) will be without the Ford that made it go: second-year point guard T.J. could miss the season with a back injury.

Michael Redd's an emerging superstar and Keith Van Horn can score, but they have no man in the middle.

Roster analysis
The starters: Take away Redd and you have a bunch of sixth men.
Pos. Player Comment Grade*
PF Joe Smith Mediocre numbers (12.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg) sum up his career 7
SF Keith Van Horn 16.1 ppg in regular season, 8 in playoffs. Same old story 7
C Dan Gadzuric Gad-help-them 5
SG Michael Redd A marked man after dropping 21.7 ppg 8
PG Mike James Can't shoot, but at least he can pass to Redd 5
BENCH Desmond Mason can fill it up and fly. But Ford fillers Erick Strickland and Mo Williams are mediocre at best. And center Daniel Santiago is a stiff. 6
*-out of 10