Of all the undersized jump shooters in the D-League, Agudio might be the best. The cheerful looking one is the all-time scoring leader in the history of Hofstra, beating out former Bulls guard Norman Richardson when he averaged 22.7ppg in his senior season. Agudio is a 6’3 pure shooter, who last year for the Albuquerque Thunderbirds averaged 15.1ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.8apg with 44% three point shooting. He’s strong, able to also create off the dribble, and tries hard defensively to overcome his height disadvantage. Yet the height disadvantage is pretty large. Jaycee Carroll has much the same profile and is a very awesome player, but it’s also significant that Jaycee Carroll is not in the NBA. It would benefit Agudio to leave the D-League and go do something similar to what Jaycee is doing in Europe. He is capable.
Santa Clara centre Bryant was also a D-Leaguer last year, spending the year with the Erie BayHawks. He was remarkably inconsistent on his way to averaging 13.2 points and 9.5 rebounds in only 29 minutes per game. Bryant is a huge fella, which enables him to gobble up rebounds and be a defensive presence by default in the lane; the downside to that is that he is really quite slow. This doesn’t stop him from being a tremendous defensive rebounder, though, and I can’t imagine he’d do any worse in the NBA than Aaron Gray does.
Delaney was also on the Bucks summer league roster last year, and spent his time between in Israel, where he did more of the same of what he did at UAB. Delaney averaged 15.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.1apg and 1.6spg, while shooting 50% from the field. Such efficiency is not unusual from the 6’3 guard, and he’s also a good defensive player. However, Delaney still doesn’t have an outside shot, shooting 24% on the season. And while his defence is good, it is not exceptional.
Former Gonzaga swingman Downs played with the Suns in summer league last year, and then went to play for KK Zadar in Croatia. This tweet suggests that he didn’t like it there much.
I cant believe I still have 5 months left in this place.
Downs left there in midseason to go to Belgium, where he averaged 12.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.2 fouls in 23 minutes per game. He is athletic, a dunker and a shooter, with absolutely nothing in between and no real ability to create his own shot. He’s also thin and very inconsistent, and while he should be a very good defender, he isn’t always so.
Gallon shouldn’t have declared for the draft. Should Milwaukee have drafted him? Perhaps. There’s a Glen Davis-like upside there. But for now, Gallon is a long way short of that. And it’s a very long way ahead of him.
Adrian Griffin will not returned to the Bucks coaching staff next season, which is a shame. As role models go, Griffin would be a good one for Hobson.
Jackson was claimed off waivers from Cleveland, and has a valid chance of winning a spot in Milwaukee. He’s strictly a post player, which is problematic at 6’8, but he can make shots and rebound. However, in bit part minutes of two seasons, Jackson’s shown he can only defend via the foul.
Nelson spent last year in Italy, playing for Air Avellino. He averaged 8.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.5spg, but shot only 23% from three point range. Rather than his offence catching up to his defence, it actually got worse last year. He’s not normally as bad of a shooter as that.
An oft-cited DeMarcus Nelson trivia states that Nelson is the first undrafted rookie in the history of the NBA to start the first game of his first season. But he wasn’t. John Amaechi did it, too.
Sanders will have more upside that the Malik Allen/Francisco Elson/Primoz Brezec/Dan Gadzuric types that Milwaukee have used behind Andrew Bogut in recent years. He couldn’t really have less.
Smith is a four year player at Louisville, who is all defence and no offence. At 6’2, he was a good defender in the Louisville press, but outside of open threes and the very occasional drive, he didn’t contribute much offensively. As the old saying never went, college role players without NBA physical skills do not an NBA role player make.
You can see a theme running through the players on this list. The Bucks are looking for some guard defence. With no backup to Brandon Jennings in place at the moment, and with Jennings’s defence not being especially good at the moment, it makes sense. But like Delaney, Smith doesn’t have NBA talent. So it won’t be them filling the void. (Nelson has an outside chance.)
Washington should have made the Pistons roster last year, but didn’t, due to a completely inexplicable turn of events. He subsequently went to the D-League, where he started out with the L.A. D-Fenders and quickly moved to the Tulsa 66ers. In 48 games for Tulsa, Washington averaged 12.4 points and 4.7 rebound, but shooting only 41% from the field, 29% from three, turning it over 1.9 times per game and fouling 3.5 times. Washington is a tremendous athlete and a decent wing defender, but the Bucks are all right for small forward defenders and don’t need another.
Williams’s time with the Nets didn’t go very well. He kept getting in off-court trouble and didn’t develop his game; he’s still just the athletic shot blocker with no offensive talent outside of athleticism. His NBA career might have already ended, and if it has, then it was a bust. And that would be a shame.