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Ranking the Roster 2018: Sterling and Tony Tied for Tenth

The pair of 3&D wings each earned about a third of the vote.

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We have another double whammy, and this one very nearly ended in a full-fledged tie! Each player earned 30% of the vote, and Sterling Brown just barely “beat” out Tony Snell in our annual ranking exercise of the Milwaukee Bucks’ roster.

Brown and Snell have a fair amount of overlap between the two of them: they are both considered 3&D specialists, have the flexibility of playing the 2 or the 3, have inconsistent metrics surrounding their actual defensive impact (despite obvious physical skills), and generally are best situated behind the arc as off-ball shooters.

They certainly differ physically; Snell (6’7”) has two inches on Brown (6’5”), but gives up about 20 pounds of mass (200 lbs. vs. 220 lbs.), which shows in their playing style. Snell uses his length to contain opponents, while Brown isn’t afraid to body up his man and irritate the other team. More importantly, there’s a massive divergence on the salary cap: Brown has two years remaining at a total of about $4 million, whereas Snell has three years (including a player option) left and a whopping $34.2 million attached to his contract.

What may have split the difference between Sterling and Tony is track record. Brown’s rookie year exceeded expectations...but was still a rookie season in a league where the vast majority of rookies are bad. On the flip side, Snell has struggled with consistency but has put up back to back seasons of 40+% shooting from deep.

No matter how you slice it, “upside” is not a term associated with either Tony Snell or Sterling Brown, making it easier to set them aside than their remaining counterparts. So who’s next? Will it be one of the team’s summer front court additions? Or one of the team’s top back court players? Or perhaps rookie Donte DiVincenzo finally finds his way off of the island? Vote now to find out!

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  9. Tony Snell
  10. Sterling Brown
  11. Pat Connaughton
  12. Matthew Dellavedova
  13. John Henson
  14. Christian Wood
  15. Tyler Zeller
  16. Shabazz Muhammad
  17. D.J. Wilson


The next least valuable Buck on the roster is...

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  • 54%
    Donte DiVincenzo
    (182 votes)
  • 22%
    Thon Maker
    (76 votes)
  • 2%
    Brook Lopez
    (8 votes)
  • 15%
    Ersan Ilyasova
    (51 votes)
  • 0%
    Malcolm Brogdon
    (3 votes)
  • 3%
    Eric Bledsoe
    (11 votes)
  • 0%
    Khris Middleton
    (1 vote)
332 votes total Vote Now