The Milwaukee Bucks released 12-year NBA veteran Brian Skinner in their final round of training camp cuts, and it’s probably for the best. Skinner hasn’t been all that productive for a majority of those 12 years, and when your primary contribution to the league is measured in facial hair, it might be time to hang ’em up.
Skinner’s departure leaves Milwaukee without another cookie cutter center on the roster to back up Andrew Bogut, and that’s a good thing. Drew Gooden will undoubtedly grab most of the minutes behind Bogut (hell, they’re paying the man $32 million over the next five seasons, so he better be playing quite a bit), and depending on your opinion of Drew, that’s either not too bad, slightly problematic, or horribly catastrophic. Larry Sanders figures to be playing some in the middle as well, which should be fun. However, by not dangling a tough, veteran player from in front of Scott Skiles, Jon Brockman, more affectionately known as “the Brockness Monster,” could have a chance at some decent playing time.
Which would just be swell.
Skinner wouldn’t have given the Bucks anything terribly specific. He’s not particularly tall, not a vaunted defender, and nothing close to an offensive threat. He’s just a big guy with some miles on him and a habit of sticking around. Brockman’s a bit more useful, considering that as a rookie last season, he, oh, I don’t know, put together one of the greatest offensive rebounding seasons of any player in the history of the league. Brockman grabbed over 18% of all available offensive misses during his time on the floor for the Kings last season. Dwight Howard grabbed just 12% of his team’s misses, Pau Gasol only 11.4%, and Tim Duncan only 10.8%. All exemplary marks, but Brockman’s is simply…exemplarier.
Brockman’s total rebounding rate is nothing to scoff at, either. Had he qualified for leaderboard status, Brockman would have been the sixth best overall rebounder in the league. The man’s mitts just have a gravity of their own, and those unsuspecting misses have no choice but to fall into his grasp.
Hopefully this season Brockman can endear himself to Skiles and find even more time on the court. The offensive glass isn’t going to clean itself, y’know.