Milwaukee Bucks big man Larry Sanders isn’t pleased with the way he’s being used under first year Bucks’ head coach Larry Drew.
Sanders, who broke out last year, averaging 9.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in 27.3 minutes per game last season, signed a four-year, $44 million deal with the Bucks in the offseason.
This season, Sanders expected to take the next step, but instead, he’s playing just 17.3 minutes per game.
“I feel like I’m capable of being in the game at the end and helping my team win, coming up with blocks and rebounds,” Sanders told Steve Aschburner of NBA.com. “I haven’t been able to get my rhythm out there. I understand foul trouble situations, but tonight I wasn’t in foul trouble.
Sanders, who is averaging 2.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game, wants to be in down the stretch during games, but Drew has turned to veteran Zaza Pachulia instead.
“Last year I finished so many games. I feel like that’s when I lock in the most. But I haven’t been able to get in the game to finish. That carries over to the next game. When you sit the last three quarters of each game, I can’t have no carryover. And it’s hard for me. I’m still a young player. It’s only my eighth year playing basketball.”