It took a whole week to sort out (er, well, for me to sort it out anyways), but we've got the number ten player on our list now. The next player kicked to the curb by our voters is backup point guard Jerryd Bayless. He isn't quite the elder statesman of his remaining rostermates, but in consideration of his expected role and production, the Brew Hoop community has seen fit to make him the second point guard sent packing from the Bucks' deep stable at that position.
Bayless was generally regarded as a pretty solid signing for the Bucks when he came on with a two-year deal last summer. Three years of playoff experience, a track record of roughly league-average play, and versatility to play both guard positions made him a natural fit in the rotation behind Brandon Knight who wouldn't impede on the latter's progression. Bayless would go on to greatly exceed expectations, captaining a second unit that deserved a lot of credit for Milwaukee's hot first half.
But like most everything else last season, Bayless sort of fell apart in the second half. A cumulative true shooting percentage over 55% from October to January fell to well below 50% in the subsequent three months. Bayless ultimately finished the season ranked 64th among point guards in Real Plus-Minus, according to ESPN.com.
Does Bayless have the same value this season as he was thought to have entering last October? It's hard to say yes. He doesn't fit particularly well with Michael Carter-Williams as an off-guard because of his so-so shooting, and the Bucks now have another veteran in tow with Greivis Vasquez. He's making less than half as much money as Vasquez, but the newcomer's occasionally-eye-popping stats (and that new-point-guard-smell) might have loyalties leaning in the other direction.
Bayless' selection at this juncture further cements the notion that our voters are prioritizing immediate production over contractual value among veteran players. That leads to some close calls between marginally different players, but the disparities are probably pretty meaningless at this point in the exercise. The important thing is that we haven't even finished the Vasquez test drive, whereas we already know how Bayless handles. New is always more fun.
Milwaukee Bucks 2015 Roster Rankings
15. Johnny O'Bryant
14. Tyler Ennis
13. Damien Inglis
12. Miles Plumlee
11. Chris Copeland
10. Jerryd Bayless
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: