The Milwaukee Bucks will head into the 2017 NBA season with hailing Rookie Of the Year, Malcolm Brogdon, as the starting point guard.
After averaging 10.2 points, 4.2 assists, and 2.8 rebounds per game last season, Brogdon took the starting job from teammate Matthew Dellavedova around late December of last year. Standing at 6’5″ with a 7’0″ wingspan, Brogdon fits perfectly with the Bucks DNA. Long and lanky.
Malcolm Brogdon also shot a respectable 45% from the floor, he hit 40% of his three pointers and shot an excellent 86% on free throws. He finished the season with a 15 PER, which is a solid mark for a rookie. The Milwaukee Bucks played much better basketball with Brogdon as a starter and having Delly come off the bench. With Derrick Rose signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Bucks fans can officially breathe a sigh of relief knowing that Brogdon will be the Bucks starting point guard next season.
We expect big things from Brogdon next season, especially after a remarkable rookie campaign. He was a huge bright spot for the Bucks and provided some of the best plays of the season, like dunking on LeBron James and hitting a tough contested jumper over Avery Bradley in the closing seconds to seal a win at the Garden.
The Milwaukee Bucks figure to go into the 2017-2018 NBA season with their depth chart at point guard looking like this: Malcolm Brogdon, Matthew Dellavedova, Gary Payton II and Bronson Koenig.
Like I said, Matthew Dellavedova’s struggles were well documented last year. Coming off of an impressive 2016 campaign with the Cavs where he won a championship ring, he fell flat in his first season with the Bucks. The previous 2 seasons in Celveland, Dellavedova enjoyed his best seasons as a pro. He hit 40% of his three pointers in consecutive seasons. Bucks fans were obviously eager to have a solid three point shooting point guard on the roster.
However, It didn’t take long for Milwaukee Bucks fans to turn on him early on.
Last season, he averaged 7.6 points, 4.7 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game. Although he did have his “moments,” Dellavedova was a big reason for the Bucks struggles on offense. He shot an underwhelming 39% from the field and a mediocre 36% from three. He also averaged a career worse 2 turnovers per game. Dellavedova finished the season with a forgettable 9.4 PER.
For the Bucks to be successful next season, they definitely need improved production from Matthew Dellavedova or he could very well be on the move.
The last point guard on the depth chart figures to be non other than Gary Payton II. The Bucks signed him last season in April to a multi-year contract. His father, Gary Payton played 28 games for the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2002-2003 season.
In 6 games played for Milwaukee, he averaged 3.3 points, 2.2 assists and 2 rebounds per game. Payton played sparsely for the Bucks, only coming in for mop up duty. Standing at 6″3′ with a 6″6′ wingspan, he does posses some sneaky athleticism. Look for his role to remain similar to last years, barring an injury to another point guard.
The Milwaukee Bucks also signed University of Wisconsin hero Bronson Koenig to a two-way contract this summer. He will start out the season with the Wisconsin Herd, the newest addition to the NBA “G League.” We shouldn’t expect to see Bronson get many minutes in the NBA next season, but I’m sure he will be called up and get some burn in the league.
The Milwaukee Bucks have some “stability” at point guard, but it is definitely a position where they could use some improvement. The Bucks were widely criticized for not making a run at another point guard in free agency. However, due to some bad contracts given out by then GM John Hammond, the Bucks found themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place this summer.
It will also be interesting to see how head coach Jason Kidd handles guard Rashad Vaughn in the rotation. Could he see some minutes at the point guard position after the Bucks selected Sterling Brown? Perhaps. Rashad Vaughn is coming off a terrific Las Vegas Summer League where he was doing much more ball handling.
Bucks fans should still feel great about Malcolm Brogdon being the starting point guard going forward. I fully expect a bounce back year from Matthew Dellavedova where we finally see him knock down three pointers like he’s capable of.