Free agent forward Mike Dunleavy will sign a two-year, $7.5 million deal with the Milwaukee Bucks when free agency officially opens on December 9th, according to Adrian Wojnarowksi of Yahoo! Sports. Initial reports suggest that Dunleavy's salary will constitute a portion of Milwaukee's mid-level exception, though the Bucks do have a bit of cap space to work with. It's also worth noting that Dunleavy's signing should have no effect on the Bucks' financial ability to resign Luc Mbah a Moute, since the club holds early Bird rights and can go over the salary cap to keep him. However, adding another player to an already crowded roster does call into question the status of some of Milwaukee more tenuous player contracts. Head over to our salary cap podcast for more on the specifics of Milwaukee's current salary situation.
Follow beyond the jump for more information and an updated index chart with the new addition.
Dunleavy was originally selected No. 3 overall in the 2002 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors, and played out in the bay area until being traded to the Indiana Pacers in 2007. The Pacers-Warriors deal involved switching places with none other than current Bucks shooting guard Stephen Jackson: the Pacers traded Mike Dunleavy, Ike Diogu, Keith McLeod and Troy Murphy to the Indiana Pacers for Al Harrington, Stephen Jackson, Sarunas Jasikevicius and Josh Powell.
Funny how small the NBA world can be some times. Speaking of a small world, Dunleavy will also wear the same uniform that his father, Mike Dunleavy, Sr., wore during his playing career. His father played for the Bucks from 1983-1985, as well as some short duty during the 1989-1990 season.
Here is the updated index chart so you can get a good look at how Dunleavy stacks up to other available wing players and the ones already on the Bucks roster.
|Advanced Stats Glossary (The unklchuk special)|
|True Shooting Percentage (TS%)- A player's shooting percentage weighted to account for free throws and 3-pointers. An accurate expression of shooting efficiency.||Usage Rate (USG) - the number of possessions a player uses during his time on the floor.|
|Percentage of FGs Assisted (% AST) - The percentage of a player's total made field goals that are assisted by a teammate.||Free Throw Attempts per Field Goal Attempts (FTA/FGA): Measures how well a player draws shooting fouls and gets to the free throw line relative to the shots they take.|
|Total Rebound Rate (TRR): The percentage of total available rebounds a player grabbed while he was on the floor.||Assist Rate (AR): the percentage of a player's possessions that ends in an assist.|
|Offensive Rebound Rate (ORR): The percentage of total available offensive rebounds a player grabbed while he was on the floor.||Turnover Rate (TOR) - the percentage of a player's possessions that end in a turnover.|
|Defensive Rebound Rate (DRR): The percentage of total available defensive rebounds a player grabbed while he was on the floor.|
Just so we are on the same page regarding the chart posted below, here is what you need to know:
I have researched and indexed player stats relative to the relevant positional league average, meaning that a score of 100 is average for each player at his respective position. Anything less than 100 is lower than the average (in red), and anything greater than 100 is higher than the average (in green). Usage and %Ast do not have assigned colors since they are both more value-neutral, or perhaps more accurately, they require a case-by-case assessment.
Ex: Beno Udrih had a TS% of 58.8 in 2010-11, and the average TS % for all PGs for the season was 53.3... (58.8 / 53.3)*100 = an index score of 110. This means Udrih had a TS% 10% higher than an average PG in 2010-11.