Milwaukee Bucks: Jared Dudley Trade Grade

Milwaukee Bucks: Jared Dudley Trade Grade
By Josh Morgan: VP and Director of Content/Hoopstuff…
Bucks Receive: Jared Dudley, 2017 1st round pick
Clippers Receive: Carlos Delfino, Miroslav Raduljica
With the Clippers looking to cut some salary and Dudley having his worst shooting year of his career last season, it seemed to be only a matter of time and finding a willing partner until he would be traded. LA had hopes of adding another wing or a big in return for Dudley and while they got both here, it is reportedly likely that both players will be released. From the Bucks end of the deal it is nothing franchise altering but with their youth and inexperience not only on the wings but on their roster as a whole I think it is a positive move.
I mentioned that Dudley had the worst shooting season of his career last season but in reality it wasn’t that terrible at 36 percent from beyond the three point line. What made it so disappointing was his track record in Phoenix before coming over t…

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Bucks acquire Jared Dudley from Clippers (Yahoo Sports)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Small forward Jared Dudley is going to the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Clippers trade Jared Dudley to Bucks

Clippers get Carlos Delfino and Miroslav Raduljica in return for Dudley

      
 

 

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Jared Dudley Traded to Bucks: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reaction

Seeking more depth heading into the season, the Milwaukee Bucks have acquired versatile shooter Jared Dudley from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Carlos Delfino and Miroslav Raduljica, according to Adrian Wojnaroski of Yahoo Sports.   

Marc Stein of ESPN.com adds that the deal includes the Bucks getting a future protected first-round pick from the Clippers, while Los Angeles will get a second-round pick:

The Clippers had a glut of shooters on their roster with Dudley, J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford, so it could afford to move one of them in the right deal. 

Dudley was a solid piece for the Clippers last year, starting 43 games and shooting 36 percent from three-point range. However, his 6.9 points per game was his lowest since 2008-09 and his shooting percentage of 43.8 was the worst of his career. 

For the Bucks, a team still trying to build a roster and in need of any depth it can find, acquiring a proven commodity like Dudley and giving up 31-year-old Carlos Delfino, who hasn’t played since the 2012-13 season, and Miroslav Raduljica, who is 26 with just 48 games of experience, makes sense given their future direction. 

The Bucks have a potential superstar in Jabari Parker, the No. 2 pick in June’s draft, but are still finding a direction to take the franchise. Jason Kidd takes over as head coach and is in a good position to work with this group thanks to his work in Brooklyn last year, according to Zach Harper of CBSSports.com:

When things fell apart in the first two months of the season and spilling drinks on the court wasn’t working, Kidd eventually found his sweet spot with that roster. Once Brook Lopezwent down with another foot injury, Kidd went less conventional and more modern with his small ball, interchangeable lineups.

While Kidd won’t be working with anywhere near the talent he had in Brooklyn, his situation is what a lot of coaches dream about. Being able to work with a clean slate is what every coach dreams of, because they can build the roster in their image. 

Dudley may not be a long-term solution since his contract is only guaranteed through the 2014-15 season, but he gives the Bucks someone they can use as a bridge into the future. If his numbers revert back to his career normals, the team can also use him as a trade chip during the year. 

 

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Predicting the Roles and Impact of Each Milwaukee Bucks Newcomer This Season

Aside from the transfer of ownership and acquisition of Jason Kidd as the team’s new head coach, the Milwaukee Bucks haven’t exactly been buyers this offseason. Regardless, the new faces that have been added to the roster should make an immediate impact.

Jabari Parker will have his sights set on the Rookie of the Year award, Kendall Marshall will hope to build on a very successful 2013-14 season and Jerryd Bayless will aim to become a viable spark off the bench.

And while fans and players alike can have expectations, it’s not uncommon to fall short of them. So, then, how will each new face for the Bucks fit into the game plan and what can his expected impact be?

 

Jabari Parker

Given his versatility on offense, the second overall pick in this summer’s draft is a sight for sore eyes in Milwaukee.

Last season the offensively challenged Bucks scored 95.5 points per game (28th in the league) and shot just 43.8 percent from the field.

Now, the addition of Duke sensation Jabari Parker should help turn those numbers around, at least a little bit.

Parker averaged 19.1 points by connecting on 47.3 percent of his field-goal attempts and converting a respectable 35.8 percent of his threes.

Though he can fall in love with his jump shot relatively easily, the 6’8″ forward knows he has the size and quickness to score from the post as well.

In the NBA, with great defenders guarding him, he’ll certainly need to dig deep into his arsenal of offensive moves in order to produce at the same level he did in college. Even still, he shouldn’t be far off from his college production when the NBA season comes to a close. The rookie will see plenty of minutes and figures to become the team’s go-to scoring option.

Much of his success will likely depend on how consistently he can get his jumper to fall, and if he can take full advantage of any mismatches that may face him.

Ultimately, it’s hard to pinpoint the numbers, but Parker will certainly have a major impact.

However, in an attempt to make things numerical, look for him to average 16.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists on 44.2 percent shooting from the field and 34.3 percent from behind the three-point line.

 

Kendall Marshall

It cannot be stressed enough how big of an acquisition Marshall is for the Bucks.

As good as Brandon Knight was in 2013-14, Marshall’s presence adds a completely different element to the point guard position and one that hasn’t been seen in Milwaukee for quite some time.

And that element is distribution.

Marshall is a fantastic passer who averaged 8.8 assists in 29.0 minutes per game in 2013-14 for the Los Angeles Lakers. Now, under the tutelage of Jason Kidd—one of the best point guards ever—Marshall’s opportunity to grow increases exponentially.

That opportunity is not lost on the young point guard, either. As Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel tweeted after the acquisition, Marshall seems eager to work with Kidd:

Look for Knight to start the season at point guard, but don’t be surprised if Marshall snatches that starting role from him at some point.

Those 8.8 assists per game he averaged should certainly be attainable and, assuming he can improve his jump shot, there’s no reason to believe Marshall can’t average 10.0 points.

It’s not time to write Knight off, but he had better start thinking about transitioning to shooting guard, especially if Marshall’s game continues heading in the proper direction.

 

Jerryd Bayless

If Bayless provides the Bucks with what he gave the Boston Celtics a year ago, his signing should be considered a success.

After being traded to Boston by the Memphis Grizzlies, Bayless averaged 10.1 points and 3.1 assists on 41.1 percent shooting (39.5 percent from three-point territory). While those numbers certainly don’t jump off the page, a guy like Bayless can provide a spark.

At least, that’s the plan.

The Bucks brought in Gary Neal last summer in hopes he would play a similar role, but it never quite worked out. Neal averaged 10.0 points, but shot just 39.0 percent from the floor and tended to be a bit erratic with his shot selection.

Truth be told, Bayless is a similar player.

However, the 25-year-old is a slightly better ball-handler and much more willing to distribute than Neal was during his short time in Milwaukee.

Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders tweeted out the details of Bayless‘ contract and, for what he could provide, it’s not a bad one:

Bayless definitely doesn’t bring much of a “wow” factor to the table, but he’s a solid role player who is a capable shooter from deep.

 

Johnny O’Bryant and Damien Inglis

O’Bryant and Inglis get lumped together for the simple reason that, in my opinion, they won’t get a whole lot of playing time.

At least not enough to make a big impact.

Unless a trade occurs at some point, the Bucks are experiencing a bit of a logjam at both forward positions. And that’s why both players are presumably going to spend quite a bit of time in the NBA Development League for 2014-15.

O’Bryant is a low-block scorer who adds some bulk to a frontline dominated by long, lanky players like John Henson, Larry Sanders and Ersan Ilyasova. His physical prowess is a welcome addition, but he will need a lot of time to sharpen his game.

On the other hand, as with Giannis Antetokounmpo last summer, not much is known about Inglis.

The Frenchman, as recently reported by Gardner, broke his foot during a workout in Oklahoma City and is still wearing a boot. Whether or not he fully heals before training camp begins is yet to be seen, but even a healthy Inglis probably won’t be part of the opening night roster.

Of course, I said the same thing about Antetokounmpo a year ago and was proven wrong.

However and, unfortunately for them, O’Bryant and Inglis play two positions at which the Bucks aren’t short on talent.

Yes, someone with the versatility of Inglis could certainly shift around, but the Greek Freak fits that very mold and it’s hard to imagine seeing the two, along with Parker, exist on the roster from the get-go.

If O.J. Mayo gets traded by the deadline, though, fans might see plenty of Inglis in the second half.

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Early Win-Loss Predictions for Milwaukee Bucks Next Season

It has been a summer of major change for the Milwaukee Bucks, and, given that fact, it might be easy to forget that this team finished the 2013-14 season with a 15-67 record—the worst in franchise history.

With a new and bright outlook, the Bucks will take the floor this year in hopes of improving upon the atrocity of a season ago. 

And while expectations should be tempered, fans should be thrilled for this new era to start.

It won’t take much to best last year’s accomplishments—or lack thereof—but just how much better can the Bucks be?

 

Will New Faces Equate to More Success?

Along with the fresh, young face of second-overall pick, Jabari Parker, the Bucks will look a lot different both on and off the court this fall.

Jason Kidd will try to build off of his successful first season as an NBA head coach with the Brooklyn Nets by leading a young Bucks roster that knows next to nothing about winning.

Will that alone equate to a better season? Maybe.

If we’re being honest—and there are others who would probably disagree—the Bucks were better than a 15-win team heading into last season.

But things were derailed almost immediately, and they were never able to gain any traction from that point on.

Truth be told, the Bucks had a solid roster in place.

Yes, they’re overpaying players like Ersan Ilyasova, O.J. Mayo and Zaza Pachulia, but all three of those guys are capable of contributing, regardless of whether or not those contributions make up for their inflated salaries.

Parker will be eager to prove he is the best player in this year’s draft class, Giannis Antetokounmpo will certainly be anxious to take his next, lengthy stride towards toward stardom and newly acquired point guard Kendall Marshall will want to duplicate his success from a season ago.

Assuming they all can do those things, in addition to someone like Larry Sanders having a bounce-back year, the Bucks have a good shot at being far more competitive than they were last season, which should lead to a better end result.

And while those are assumptions, the team is in a much better position for the future than it was a year ago at this time.

 

Playing in the Central

As Milwaukee’s youngsters attempt to grow, they’ll be doing so in a division with plenty of top-notch talent.

With LeBron James returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Pau Gasol joining Derrick Rose in Chicago, youngsters like Parker, Antetokounmpo and Marshall will certainly have their hands full.

That’s not a bad thing, either.

Getting to regularly stand toe-to-toe with some of the league’s best players will be a valuable learning experience that can only help moving forward, not only for rookies like Parker, but for the team as a whole.

It will, however, have a major impact on any sort of immediate resurgence some fans—and I don’t think there are many—might be hoping for.

The Cavs and Bulls will certainly finish ahead of the Bucks in the standings, and it’s probably logical to assume that the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons will as well.

Certainly, without Paul George, the Pacers will slip some, but is his injury enough to drop them below the Bucks? Unlikely.

Still, fans shouldn’t worry about the team’s place within the division, or conference for that matter.

Milwaukee has a long way to go in its quest to become relevant again, and it’s not going to happen overnight.

Look for some improvement, on and off the court, but don’t expect a whole lot of noise to accompany it.

Instead, savor the fact that the Bucks are finally headed in the right direction and enjoy the exciting, young nucleus they have in place.

 

Predicted Record: 24-58

Predicted Place in NBA Central: No. 5

Predicted Place in Eastern Conference: No. 13

 

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Milwaukee Bucks’ 2014 NBA Free-Agency Big Board: Ranking Top Targets

With the 2014 NBA free-agency period underway, the Milwaukee Bucks will seek to add more pieces to their core of young talent. And while they’re not in a position to lure the marquee names to town, some players a tier or two down could help fill out the roster.

The most notable gap for the Bucks is at shooting guard, where O.J. Mayo is the only player who naturally fits at that position.

Outside of that, the team could use depth point guard and power forward, especially if Ersan Ilyasova is traded this summer.

Earlier this week, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports tweeted that the team would be “conservative” in its approach to free agency.

That’s not a surprise.

Still, it’s important to take a look at some possibilities.

The rankings were determined mainly by positional needs and limited to players whom the Bucks realistically might have a shot at signing—both from a salary and notoriety.

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Bucks owners admit errors made in luring Kidd (Yahoo Sports)

MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 2: Jason Kidd (C) attends a press conference announcing him as the Head Coach of the Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center on July 2, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

New Bucks owners Marc Lasry and Wes Edens admit they may have made some errors in luring Jason Kidd to Milwaukee. Kidd dismissed the suggestion that he left after being turned down in seeking control of the Nets’ basketball operations department. As I was introduced, I’m the coach.” Brooklyn agreed Monday to deal Kidd to Milwaukee for second-round draft picks in 2015 and 2019. The Bucks fired Larry Drew, who had no indication he wouldn’t be back for a second season.


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Biggest Takeaways from Jason Kidd’s Introduction with Milwaukee Bucks

Jason Kidd has officially completed his transition from the Brooklyn Nets to the Milwaukee Bucks, a move that was the driving focus of Milwaukee’s recent press conference. Though he didn’t end up landing the front-office powers he coveted in his old location, he’ll still be serving as the man in charge on the Brew Town sidelines. 

Wednesday afternoon, he was officially introduced by John Hammond and the rest of the Milwaukee front office.

Wesley Edens, a co-owner of the franchise, was the first to mention Kidd, and there was nothing but praise for the 41-year-old who thrived as a point guard and steadily improved during his first season patrolling the bench area: 

Marc Lasry, the co-owner who has had a prior relationship with Kidd, offered similar levels of praise:

When Kidd first spoke, he was quick to discuss the excitement he felt for his new role, a sentiment that applies both to his job title and the roster he now has control over: 

Interestingly enough, the one name he mentioned after speaking about the young talent was Ersan Ilyasova. Don’t read into that too much, though. Kidd is surely well aware that he’ll be getting to coach promising players like Giannis Antetokounmpo (even though spelling that name will take practice), recent No. 2 pick Jabari Parker, John Henson, Brandon Knight and Larry Sanders, who figures to resume his role as the centerpiece of the lanky defense. 

Kidd was also asked to express his thoughts on the desire for power within the Brooklyn organization, but it was a subject that no one was really willing to broach during the presser.

Instead, Kidd used the questions as an opportunity to re-emphasize his role as a coach: 

Of course, the way this job came about was rather controversial. As for that criticism, Kidd seemed willing to accept it, acknowledging that such sentiments have always emerged as part of life in the Association: 

Referring to Brooklyn general manager Billy King, he also acknowledged that basketball is, after all, a business:

The nature of the transition, as well as Kidd’s controversial playing career—one that contained incidents both on and off the floor—continued to be a huge subject for everyone asking questions: 

But fortunately, the former point guard seems willing to use his past to help his players develop in the present and future.

And how is that going to happen? 

Well, Kidd is one of the best floor generals of all time. He had a precocious understanding for developments on the court early in his career, and that was only honed as he continued to gain experience during his lengthy tenure in the NBA. If he can pass that along, he’ll make everyone on the roster significantly better. 

Both he and Hammond hinted at exactly that while speaking at the press conference:

Kidd’s first season as a head coach was certainly a roller coaster.

The Nets were a disaster early in his tenure. However, they rebounded nicely down the stretch, swaying public perception of the team’s head coach while advancing to the second round of the postseason and giving the Miami Heat a legitimate scare. 

Picking up patience is undoubtedly a positive. 

Though the Bucks are certainly on an upward trajectory and boast a tremendous amount of young talent and future financial flexibility, they’re not going to be highly competitive in 2014-15. Patience is of paramount importance, because the losses will inevitably pile up, as they did early on in Kidd’s brief stay with Brooklyn. 

But patience is often rewarded. 

Should Kidd stick with Milwaukee and grow along with the rest of the roster, this is a team that could make some noise down the road. That’s the hope, at least. 

On Wednesday afternoon, that journey began. Now the growth truly starts. 

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