The Milwaukee Bucks will head into the 2018 season with Tony Snell as their starting shooting guard. However, the backup shooting guard position is still very much up for grabs. 3rd year man Rashad Vaughn and rookie Sterling Brown figure to battle for the backup 2 guard.
Tony Snell is coming off of a solid first season with the Milwaukee Bucks, after being written off by the Chicago Bulls. Last season, Snell averaged 8 points, 1 assist and 3 rebounds per game. However, his impact went well beyond the box score. He was a sniper from deep, hitting 40% of his three pointers and 45% from the field overall.
Tony Snell also provided terrific consistent defense all season along for the Bucks. He even upped his game in the playoffs, averaging 10 points per game and sinking 50% of his threes. Snell played a huge role in the Bucks success last season which earned him a $44 million extension. I fully expect him to feed off of last seasons results.
It is no doubt that Bucks shooting guard Rashad Vaughn has struggled throughout his brief 2 year career, but I’m not ready to write him off just yet. Vaughn just turned 21, and showed some life in this season’s Las Vegas Summer League. Patience will be key in the development of Rashad Vaughn.
Last year he averaged a forgettable 3.5 points, 0.4 assists, and 1.2 rebounds per contest. Vaughn spent most of last season Jason Kidd’s doghouse last season, but he did have his moments. I thought the area that Vaughn impressed me the most last season was his defense. His anticipation was the best we’ve seen from him which resulted in an uptick in steals from him.
This is a critical season for him, and if he doesn’t improve he could be at risk of being sent down to the G League, or even cut from the Bucks. Coming out on UNLV, Vaughn’s strength was certainly his jump shot, however that has not come to fruition so far in his short career. The only way to go is up.
The Milwaukee Bucks traded with the Philadelphia 76ers for the 46th pick on draft night which resulted in the Bucks selecting Sterling Brown, from SMU. Standing at 6’6″ with a 6’9″ wingspan, it looks like the Bucks may have gotten a steal in the second round.
Last season at SMU he averaged 13.4 points, 3 assists and 6 rebounds per game. He also shot a tremendous 45% from three and a solid 46% from the field. Brown projects as a 3 and D type player, and his wide 225-pound frame will allow him to play not only at shooting guard, but spend some time at the 3 spot.
During the Las Vegas Summer League, he arguably showed the most potential. He finished averaging 8 points, 1 assists and 4 rebounds per game, but he finished shooting a respectable 40% from three. Take away Brown’s last summer league game and he would have made 6-13 threes. It will certainly be an intriguing battle for the backup 2 spot, let’s see who will come out on top.