Stat Projections for Each Milwaukee Bucks Offseason Addition

Jordan RodewaldContributor IIAugust 12, 2013

Stat Projections for Each Milwaukee Bucks Offseason Addition

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    Eleven.

    That's the number of new players who will wear a Milwaukee Bucks jersey in 2013-14. Many of them have had success elsewhere, while some are rookies looking to make a strong first impression.

    Whichever the case, the roster will have a new, different feel to it this season.

    In order for it to be a successful year, the team will have to get contributions from many of the newcomers and certain players must increase productivity if the Bucks hope to reach the playoffs for a second straight time.

    Some players—like O.J. Mayo—will thrive in a new, expanded opportunity while others may have to accept the notion of playing a lesser role.

    Either way, contributions from all the new faces will be needed.

    Each player will have an impact on his new team in a different way. Some will show up on the stat sheet while others won't. Nonetheless, it's important to look at what the output might be from a numbers standpoint.

     

Giannis Antetokounmpo

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    Last Season: 9.5 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 1.4 APG, 62.1 FG% (with Filathlitikos B.C.)

    2013-14 Projection: 4.7 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 0.8 APG, 47.0 FG%

     

    The Milwaukee Bucks made Giannis Antetokounmpo their first choice in the 2013 NBA draft by taking him 15th overall and the 18-year-old Greek has all the physical characteristics scouts go crazy for: he's tall, long and athletic.

    All of that aside, he's still very raw.

    It seems likely that Antetokounmpo will be on the roster when the regular season starts, but the number of minutes he sees will likely be limited.

    And while he has a ton of potential, the numbers he posted in Greece weren't exactly spectacular.

    Most rookies struggle mightily their first season and given the fact that he hasn't ever experienced a level of basketball that can come close to replicating the NBA, Antetokounmpo will be no exception.

    He'll certainly have his moments—despite them probably coming in garbage time—but don't look for him to have an immediate impact on anything important.

    When general manager John Hammond made this pick, he was doing it for the future.

    And any minutes Antetokounmpo sees this season will give him valuable experience that will have long-term implications on his career.

     

Carlos Delfino

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    Last Season: 10.6 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 2.0 APG, 40.5 FG%, 37.5 3FG%

    2013-14 Projection: 12.1 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 2.5 APG, 40.1 FG%, 38.7 3FG%

     

    Carlos Delfino is making his return to Milwaukee and, in all likeliness, will be the starting small forward when the team opens the season.

    And that's something he hasn't done on a regular basis since his last stint with the Bucks.

    With the team lacking depth and experience at small forward, Delfino will be asked to step in and fill the void to the best of his ability.

    He's not a great player by any stretch, but he can provide quality minutes and he proved that in two of his previous three seasons in a Bucks uniform.

    While he doesn't do any one thing particularly well, Delfino will help spread the court because of his consistent stroke from three-point territory.

    Not only will that be beneficial to big men Larry Sanders and John Henson, but it will provide Mayo and Brandon Knight with more space to operate.

    Look for Delfino to modestly increase his numbers from his lone season with the Houston Rockets and provide the Bucks with quality minutes.

Brandon Knight

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    Last Season: 13.3 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 4.0 APG, 40.7 FG%, 36.7 3FG%

    2013-14 Projection: 15.7 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 5.3 APG, 41.8 FG%, 37.9 3FG%

     

    Some might say that former eighth overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft has been a disappointment to this point, but that's a bit unfair to someone who has played just two seasons.

    Sure, fellow classmates like Kemba Walker and Kyrie Irving have gotten off to better starts, but there's plenty of time for Knight to grow and develop.

    The debate of whether he's fit for the point guard position can be had, but it's clear that's what he considers himself to be.

    During a question and answer session with Jake Fischer of Slam Online in July, Knight had this response:

    SLAM: Do you have any personal goals for yourself for next season?

    BK: My main focus is on the team. I’m a point guard, so my job is to make sure my teammates are getting involved and we win.

    Declaring himself a point guard and understanding what that entails has to be music to the ears of Bucks fans and management. If he's willing to become a distributor first, he might have a long-term spot in Milwaukee.

    He'll be the team's main distributor, so an increase in assists—if only a modest one—is likely and his scoring output should see a slight bump as well.

Viacheslav Kravtsov

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    Last Season: 3.1 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.4 APG, 71.7 FG%

    2013-14 Projection: 4.4 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.8 APG, 61.5 FG%

     

    Coming to Milwaukee along with Brandon Knight and Khris Middleton, Viacheslav Kravtsov provides the Bucks with another big body in the paint.

    The 25-year-old Ukranian was used sparingly by the Detroit Pistons, only appearing in 25 games, and Bucks fans should expect a similar number of appearances.

    With good size, Kravtsov will give the team some extra fouls to use, efficiency converting on second-chance baskets and solid rebounding.

    While he won't see the court a lot, he might provide the team with some valuable minutes during the little time he does play. Outside of that, though, Kravtsov won't figure into the regular rotation in 2013-14.

O.J. Mayo

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    Last Season: 15.3 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 4.4 APG, 44.9 FG%, 40.7 3FG%

    2013-14 Projection:  20.1 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 4.0 APG, 44.1 FG%, 39.9 3FG%

     

    O.J. Mayo comes to Milwaukee after one successful season with the Dallas Mavericks and there's no reason why he cannot expand on that in 2013-14.

    The 25-year-old shooting guard was drafted third in the 2008 NBA draft in large part due to his ability to score. While he has yet to develop into the elite scorer many thought he would, there's new opportunity with the Bucks.

    When the team made him its highest-paid player (three-years, $24 million) in July, they did so with the attention of making him the offense's focal point.

    That doesn't mean he'll always have the ball in his hands, but he will lead the team in scoring.

    Mayo's ability to score off the dribble and from behind the three-point line make him a valuable asset in the offensive game plan.

    The Bucks now have plenty of players who can score and the presence of Larry Sanders and John Henson down low—in addition to Ersan Ilyasova's ability to stretch the floor—should free up space Mayo has never seen during his five-year career.

    And that's something he'll certainly be looking to take advantage of. 

Khris Middleton

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    Last Season: 6.1 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 1.0 APG, 44.0 FG%

    2013-14 Projection: 7.7 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.7 APG, 46.3 FG%

     

    When they acquired Brandon Knight from the Detroit Pistons, the Bucks also quietly acquired another good talent in Khris Middleton.

    While he has a lot of growing to do, Middleton could become a dependable option at small forward sometime this season or in the near future.

    He didn't get to showcase his talent much with the Pistons, but lack of depth at the 3-spot may thrust him into a more expanded role with the Bucks. 

    And that's a positive for him and the team.

    At  6'8", he has good size for a small forward and his length and athleticism are both more than adequate for being successful.

    Offensively, Middleton's full arsenal is still developing. However, he can hit pull-up jump shots consistently and has an excellent game around the basket. In fact, last season he shot 65.5 percent at the rim.

    With more minutes, his numbers should increase slightly and it wouldn't be a major surprise if they shot up even further than projected.

Gary Neal

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    Last Season: 9.5 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.9 APG, 41.2 FG%, 35.5 3FG%

    2013-14 Projection: 10.3 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 43.1 FG%, 39.7 3FG%

     

    Despite his great three-game stretch during the 2013 NBA Finals, don't expect Gary Neal's numbers to waver much from his career averages.

    After signing a two-year, $6.5 million contract, Neal will likely serve as Mayo's backup at shooting guard.

    The increase in pay and lack of depth the Bucks have at the 2-guard spot should net him some more minutes, but fellow newcomer Luke Ridnour will likely see some time at shooting guard as well.

    Off the bench, Neal provides the Bucks with solid three-point shooting and instant offense.

    And while that's a great benefit, fans shouldn't expect much more than that.

    He's not great off the dribble and he doesn't possess the ability to create for himself on a consistent basis. That's not to say he can't, it just doesn't happen too often.

    At the end of the day, Neal will provide the team with valuable minutes, solid defense and a three-point threat.

    Assuming he can continuing doing that well, the Bucks will have gotten a bargain. 

     

Zaza Pachulia

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    Last Season: 5.9 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.5 APG, 47.3 FG%

    2013-14 Projection: 6.2 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 1.3 APG, 46.9 FG%

     

    One of the most baffling contracts this offseason was the one extended to Zaza Pachulia.

    The Bucks offered the 29-year-old veteran an incredibly perplexing three-year, $15.6 million and one would think Pachulia signed it before the ink dried.

    Paying roughly $5 million a year for the kind of production he provides is another example of the Bucks not spending their money wisely.

    But that's another article.

    With a strong frontcourt core of Larry Sanders and John Henson, Pachulia's minutes probably won't increase significantly from the 21.8 he averaged in 2012-13 for the Atlanta Hawks.

    If that's the case, his production won't change much either.

    Despite overpaying for his services, Pachulia will still provide value when he's on the court. He has a tough mentality and isn't afraid to mix it up with other big men. That, along with his ability to rebound efficiently, will at least allow the team to get something out of him for that hefty price tag.

Miroslav Raduljica

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    Last Season: 14.2 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.2 APG, 1.1 BPG, 58.6 FG% (with BC Azovmash)

    2013-14 Projection: 2.5 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.8 APG, 0.7 BPG, 53.2 FG%

     

    Much like Viacheslav Kravtsov, Miroslav Raduljica is 25-year-old European big man who has had some success overseas, but requires a lot of work to compete in the NBA.

    It seems as though the Bucks focused many of their offseason efforts on adding depth at center and Raduljica is another example of that.

    From a physical standpoint, it's apparent by just looking at him that Raduljica has the body to play at a high level of competition. If needed, he can probably step in and immediately bang around in the post and, at worst, play emergency minutes when Sanders and Pachulia get into foul trouble.

    Outside of that, he doesn't seem to possess a lot of immediate value.

    Playing time will be sporadic and when he does get into the game, he'll be more of a hustle player than anything else.

Luke Ridnour

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    Last Season: 11.5 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 3.8 APG, 45.3 FG%, 31.1 3FG%

    2013-14 Projection: 10.2 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 3.7 APG, 44.2 FG%, 33.9 3FG%

     

    After spending the past three seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Luke Ridnour will return to Milwaukee.

    Contrary to his time with the Timberwolves—he started 201 of the 206 games he appeared in—Ridnour will be coming off the bench and primarily serving as the backup to Brandon Knight.

    But don't expect his numbers to take a major hit.

    Ridnour has always been a nice player to have coming off the bench. He makes the most of the minutes he's on the floor and mixes his responsibilities as a distributor and scorer quite well. 

    That last point is worth noting due to the fact that he can also step in and fill the 2-guard role as necessary. He did it in 2011-12 and last season for the Timberwolves and should likely see some time at that spot with the Bucks.

    Like so many other players, nothing he doesn't do any one thing great, butt hat doesn't detract the value he can provide the Bucks. 

    Look for him to play smart basketball, score when he's open and get teammates involved with his solid passing skills.

Nate Wolters

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    Last Season: 22.3 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 5.8 APG, 48.5 FG%, 37.9 3FG% (with South Dakota State University)

    2013-14 Projection: 5.2 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 3.3 APG, 43.3 FG%, 30.7 3FG%

     

    Nate Wolters certainly has the size and tools to become a successful point guard—at least from an offensive standpoint—but there is going to be a pretty good sized learning curve.

    The 22-year-old Jackrabbit standout improved each of the four seasons he spent in college and entered the 2013 NBA draft as arguably the most fundamentally sound point guard of the bunch.

    What he lacks in terms of quickness and athleticism, he makes up for with his poise and high basketball IQ.

    Still, Wolters has plenty to learn.

    The competition and pace of the game will be unlike anything he dealt with on a consistent basis at a small, mid-major university. This won't impact him so much offensively as it will defensively.

    Without great quickness, he'll lack the ability to stay in front of quicker, stronger guards.

    Regardless of his immediate production, Wolters has potential and could be Milwaukee's starting point guard if he puts in the time and effort.