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The Best Bucks Contracts of the Last Decade: The Field is Set

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Extension Press Conference Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images

As some folks may have noticed going through the thought exercise to gather our candidates for best bucks contract of the last decade, crafting a solid group is significantly more difficult than the bounteous amount of worst contracts. Despite that, I think there’s some merit to the fact this exercise could cause more robust discussion than the worst category, where our final few competitors were pretty cut and dry. Thanks, once again, to Larry Sanders and Miles Plumlee for their valiant years as Bucks.

With that said, I didn’t feel like we could round up a worthwhile group of 10 competitors, so I’ve shortened the list to eight. Even some of these are relatively uninspired, but that shines a light on the difficulty of navigating free agency to mine a worthwhile deal, as well as the delicate dance required for rookie extensions. Most of the latter wound up among our candidates for worst contract. My apologies to the candidates who narrowly missed out, including Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Brandon Jennings second stint, Keyon Dooling, and...wow, that’s really about it.

Here’s the opening piece to remind everyone the criteria to consider when voting. And once again, we’re going to be counting down until we get to the very best contract, so we’ll be running this like the past “Ranking The Roster” exercise for those who are familiar, where we vote for the lowest player first. In this case, you’ll be voting for the least best (or 8th best) contract of the last decade.

Poll

The LEAST BEST Bucks contract of the last decade is...

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  • 20%
    2011 Mike Dunleavy (2-year, $7.5M)
    (77 votes)
  • 30%
    2013 Zaza Pachulia (3-year, $15.6M)
    (116 votes)
  • 11%
    2014 Jerryd Bayless (2-year, $6M)
    (42 votes)
  • 5%
    2015 Khris Middleton (5-years, $70M)
    (19 votes)
  • 4%
    2016 Jason Terry (The first time; 1-year, $1.5M)
    (16 votes)
  • 16%
    2016 Giannis Extension (4-years, $100M)
    (62 votes)
  • 8%
    2018 Brook Lopez (1-year, $3.3M)
    (31 votes)
  • 4%
    2018 Pat Connaughton (2-years, $3.3M)
    (16 votes)
379 votes total Vote Now

This poll will close at 5 pm CST on Thursday, June 11.