Ex Buckeyes in the NBA Eastern Conference for 2008-09

Ex Buckeyes in the NBA Eastern Conference for 2008-09
Daequan Cook

Ex Buckeyes in the NBA Eastern Conference for 2008-09

Daequan Cook and Michael Redd

By Bill Smith

Miami

            Daequan Cook  G 1yr  Cook played in 59 games last year as both the SG and PG averaging 8.8 ppg with 3 rebounds and 1.3 assists.  He started in the last 19 games of the season getting 30-35 minutes in those starts.  Currently Cook is projected to be the starting SG for 2008-09 which will help the team get the most out of Cook's talent.  For the season he averaged only 38% from the field as a reserve but as a starter he averaged 50%.  He has the mental toughness to do whatever the team needs but the Heat needs his scoring the most.

Milwaukee

            Michael Redd G 8yr Redd is an NBA All Star and has been one of the best producers in the league for years.  He has been one of the most under appreciated players in the league because he is not flashy but does all the little things that help teams win.  Unfortunately for him, the Bucks have not been able to put other quality players around him.  He has averaged 20 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1 steal per game in his career.

            He was a 2nd round pick in 2000 by the Bucks and has become the best 2nd round value since the draft was cut down.  He has started for the last 5 years and is one of the most effective 3 point shooters hitting a career average of almost 39 percent.

            Perhaps the best indication of how much respect the league has for him is his inclusion in the US team going to China.  The US team has not won a major international championship in 3 years because they were unable to score against the zone defenses they faced.  Redd will fix that and help bring home the Gold this summer.

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams and has scouted talent.  He is a senior writer for http://BrutusReport.com.  He has also published several novels on http://ebooks-library.com/index.cfm and edits http://fryingpanpolitics.blog.com

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