Milwaukee Bucks' 2014 NBA Free-Agency Big Board: Ranking Top Targets
With the 2014 NBA free-agency period underway, the Milwaukee Bucks will seek to add more pieces to their core of young talent. And while they're not in a position to lure the marquee names to town, some players a tier or two down could help fill out the roster.
The most notable gap for the Bucks is at shooting guard, where O.J. Mayo is the only player who naturally fits at that position.
Outside of that, the team could use depth point guard and power forward, especially if Ersan Ilyasova is traded this summer.
Earlier this week, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports tweeted that the team would be "conservative" in its approach to free agency.
That's not a surprise.
Still, it's important to take a look at some possibilities.
The rankings were determined mainly by positional needs and limited to players whom the Bucks realistically might have a shot at signing—both from a salary and notoriety.
5. Josh McRoberts
Let's assume momentarily that the Bucks find a suitor for Ersan Ilyasova over the summer.
If that's the case, they'll likely need a little bit of added depth at power forward.
Josh McRoberts isn't going to wow you with his numbers on most nights, but he's a solid role player who provides energy and versatility.
He can knock down the occasional three and is athletic enough to finish around the rim at a solid rate.
Ultimately, having a big man who can handle the ball like McRoberts can is never a bad thing. His presence on the court allows the teams he plays for to get into transition quicker if he comes down with a board. Instead of waiting to find a point guard, he's more than capable of bringing the ball up in an uptempo offense.
It wouldn't be a sexy, attention-getting signing, but McRoberts could add a lot value to Milwaukee's frontcourt.
4. Patrick Patterson
Another candidate at power forward should the Bucks decide to trade Ilyasova is Patrick Patterson.
The 25-year-old has yet to find a consistent home during his time in the NBA, despite proving to be relatively valuable for every team he has suited up for.
In 48 games with the Raptors last season, he really began to show off his versatility.
He averaged 9.1 points and 5.1 rebounds while shooting 47.7 percent from the floor and an impressive 41.1 percent from three-point range.
Essentially, he is a younger, healthier version of Ilyasova.
Patterson can stretch the floor with his solid shooting skills and isn't afraid to take his game to the paint.
Depending on his price tag, he might be a good pickup for the Bucks.
3. Rodney Stuckey
The veteran shooting guard averaged 13.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists while connecting on 43.6 percent of his field-goal attempts.
If the Bucks trade Mayo, they'll be looking for someone to fill the void at shooting guard. Stuckey might be an ample replacement.
Though he has hit his peaks and valleys, he has generally been a consistent player during his time in Detroit, despite being shifted in and out of the starting lineup.
And while he is not known to be a lights-out shooter, he is an aggressive player who has reached the foul line 4.3 times per game throughout his career.
An attacking backcourt of Brandon Knight and Stuckey could prove valuable as the team rebuilds.
2. Greivis Vasquez
Brandon Knight had an excellent 2013-14, which saw him post career numbers across the board, but the Bucks could use a little more depth at point guard.
Enter Greivis Vasquez.
The former Terrapin has great size for the position at 6'6", and his fiery nature makes him capable of leading a team.
Last season splitting time between the Toronto Raptors and Sacramento Kings, he averaged 9.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists while shooting 42.1 percent from the floor.
And while he's not the world's greatest scorer, he does possess above-average playmaking ability.
He makes easy passes with few mistakes and can also raise a few eyebrows by doing something flashy.
While Nate Wolters impressed during his rookie season, Vasquez would provide a more experienced ball-handler in the backcourt and would even allow Knight to play the 2 more frequently.
This move may not look like a lot on paper, but it would pay dividends on the court in 2014-15.
1. Evan Turner
As cited in the opening slide, it's believed that the Bucks will be conservative in their approach to free agency this summer.
And while this one may be a bit of a stretch, nabbing Evan Turner would do wonders for the roster.
He got off to a tremendous start with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2013-14. In 54 games with them, he averaged 17.4 points, 6.0 and 3.7 assists while connecting on 42.8 percent of his field-goal attempts.
After being traded to the Indiana Pacers, his usage took a major dip.
At 25, he is still young enough to fit into Milwaukee's future plans and would be an excellent candidate to start at shooting guard.
He is someone who can operate off the ball at the 2 and work well with Knight in the backcourt. In a pinch, he could slide up to small forward if need be. He rebounds well, passes well and is not a bad defender.
All in all, he is a well-rounded player who can add a lot of value to whatever team he ends up with.
It's tough to say what the market value on Turner might be, but if the Bucks are willing to spend a little bit more than they initially planned, this would be a great addition.
Unless otherwise noted, all statistics courtesy of Basketball-Reference.
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