Last year we had hope for Johnny O'Bryant. He lasted all the way to #14 on our rankings of the Milwaukee Bucks' most valuable assets, ahead of players like O.J. Mayo, Zaza Pachulia, and Jerryd Bayless.
As it turned out, each of those guys contributed far more to the team than O'Bryant, though their respective "values" could still be quibbled with (particularly in Mayo's case). After suffering a preseason knee injury that shelved him for most of the season's first two months, JOB appeared in 34 games for the Bucks last season, logging a grand total of 368 minutes and turning in a pretty spectacular advanced statline.
Those numbers, particularly the high-ish Usage Rate and cataclysmically-low True Shooting Percentage (37.9%), paint the picture of a player who simply wasn't ready for the NBA game and didn't adjust. Which in some respects is completely understandable. JOB was a second-round draft pick, a 21-year-old rookie who wasn't exactly projected for greatness. But his rookie year also puts him in some historically bad company: of the 28 rookies in NBA history who played more than 300 minutes with a PER under 5.0, only George McCloud and Rafer Alston eventually carved out something resembling a real NBA career. Though he improved his body and flashed decent a toolkit of talent, he fell in love with midrange jump shots, sported a defensive rebound rate comparable to most of the Bucks' guards, and generally seemed to lose his confidence as the season wore on.
Thus, entering this season we do have something to project on, and it isn't good. He's certainly a more talented player than we saw last season, but the time is now to show it. While JOB's contract is still about as team-friendly as it gets, even paying a player pennies to play terribly is bad business. So while he has nowhere to go but up, Bucks fans at this point would largely be unfazed to see O'Bryant go anywhere but here.
Cast your vote for the next guy off Bucks Island below. Remember -- production, potential and salary all matter, though you can weigh them however much or little you like. Here's the Bucks' updated cap situation as a refresher: