CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- David Noel is determined to continue the
tradition in Milwaukee where second-round draft picks not only make
the team, but flourish.
Noel, in his first game back in North Carolina after a four-year
career with the Tar Heels, scored 14 points, while Michael Redd -- a
former second-round pick himself -- had 21 to lead the Bucks to a
104-100 preseason victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday
Noel was 6-of-7 from the field, including a jumper with just
over 2 minutes to go that gave the Bucks a five-point lead.
"Not only did he play well as a starter in the first and third
quarter, but also coming back and making big plays late in the
game," Bucks coach Terry Stotts said. "I thought he played
another solid game."
Noel, battling to make the final roster, hopes to follow in the
footsteps of former second-round picks Redd, Ruben Patterson and
"Two days ago we were talking about that on our way to
Minnesota and all of us in the back of the bus were second-round
picks," Noel said. "They've all lasted this long in the league.
Hopefully I can do the same thing."
Redd finished 7-of-16 from the field and was 6-of-8 at the free
throw line before sitting out the fourth quarter. Charlie Bell
added 16 points for Milwaukee.
Raymond Felton had 20 points, six rebounds and five assists in
three quarters for Charlotte, while fellow Tar Heel Sean May added
17 points and nine rebounds. Rookie forward Adam Morrison scored 11
points for the Bobcats, who had 22 turnovers and were outscored
30-19 in the fourth quarter.
"The core group was pretty good," Bobcats coach Bernie
Bickerstaff said. "The fourth quarter, with the group we had in
there, we just didn't get a shot off."
Morrison, who scored a game-high 19 points in Charlotte's
exhibition opener Tuesday against Orlando, started Friday and was
5-for-12 from the field before sitting out the final 12 minutes.
Morrison, the No. 3 overall pick in the draft, scored on a
variety of fallaway jumpers, running one-handers and outside shots.
He was average on defense, splitting time guarding Noel, Bell and
Ersan Ilyasova. He grabbed Redd for a foul when he ended up on him
after a defensive switch and sometimes struggled to work his way
Emeka Okafor, who fouled out and was held scoreless in 9 minutes
Tuesday, had five points and nine rebounds for Charlotte, which
missed 12 free throws.
"I thought Emeka's stamina was much better," Bickerstaff said.
"We were trying to get him as many minutes as we could."
The Bucks continued to experiment at center with Andrew Bogut
out up to eight weeks with a lower left leg injury. Brian Skinner
started and had eight points and eight rebounds. Dan Gadzuric, who
started in the Bucks' first game against Minnesota, had six points
and eight rebounds.
Williams was not with the Bucks to deal with a family matter.
Forward Bobby Simmons (heel) and Ha Seung-Jim (knee) did not play.
"Mo's fiancee had a baby yesterday and guys are a little banged
up, but I like what we still have," Redd said. "We're deeper,
younger and athletic this year."