Andrew Bogut mentioned something last week that every Bucks fan needed to hear from the franchise's centerpiece.

"Defensively, I think I'm one of the best in my position in the league," he said. "The next step for me is instead of averaging 12, I've got to average 16, 17, 18 points a game and just be an anchor down there, a reliable post player who can score when we need a bucket."

This will be Bogut's seventh year in the NBA. He is, along with Brandon Jennings, the face of the franchise. But Bogut is the guy in terms of seniority, length of contract and salary.

He has three years left at almost $40 million. If the Bucks ever needed a breakout season from the No. 1 pick in the 2005 draft, this would be it.

The lockout. A bad season last year from a team that could not score.

This is a franchise that needs a shot in the arm. Who better to provide it than the guy who took a devastating shot to the elbow two seasons ago?