After narrowly avoiding an early exit in the previous round, the people have spoken, and 46% of them say that Rashad Vaughn is the 13th most valuable Buck left on the roster.
Warning: incoming editorialization!
I don't get this one, y'all. Vaughn was drafted in the first round all the way back in 2015, and plays both a position and a style that fits in with the core of the team, even if he hasn't been good at it. He may never be a star, but Vaughn could turn into a serviceable rotation player as a scorer off the bench and as a shooter in lineups that need his outside shooting. He is twenty years old, and has a wide open path ahead of him to develop his skills. Not to mention, as a first-round draft pick, Rashad Vaughn's future in Milwaukee is under near-complete control of the team for another three years, and all on an über-cheap rookie-scale salary.
All that said, Vaughn's performance in 2015-16 was downright horrible. Like, really terrible. Historically abysmal. He was a shooter who shot
31.9% 29.3% from three. He was a scorer who scored infrequently. He was a bad defender who may have shown signs of developing later in the season, but still got lost too often, and more than a few fans worry about his lack of demonstrated improvement during Summer League. The fact that questioning whether or not the team is going to exercise his third-year option to keep him aboard isn't a crazy question to ask says enough about how Vaughn's NBA career has started off (even if he still can't legally purchase a beer).
The moral of the story with Vaughn is: we'll see. But for now, he's been voted off. Who will follow?
(Reminder: we're counting down the most valuable players from a roster-building perspective, not just who is going to be the best player next year. So put on your NBA GM hat and consider all the key factors that go into a player's value: past productivity, future potential, contract, age, personality, etc. So to start, pick the player you think is least valuable -- in other words, if the NBA had an expansion draft, who would be the first Bucks player you'd leave unprotected?)
- Rashad Vaughn
- Jason Terry
- Steve Novak