Predicting the Roles and Impact of Each Milwaukee Bucks Newcomer This Season

Jordan RodewaldContributor IIAugust 19, 2014

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Kendall Marshall dribbles the ball against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 9, 2014. The Lakers won 114-110. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
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Aside from the transfer of ownership and acquisition of Jason Kidd as the team's new head coach, the Milwaukee Bucks haven't exactly been buyers this offseason. Regardless, the new faces that have been added to the roster should make an immediate impact.

Jabari Parker will have his sights set on the Rookie of the Year award, Kendall Marshall will hope to build on a very successful 2013-14 season and Jerryd Bayless will aim to become a viable spark off the bench.

And while fans and players alike can have expectations, it's not uncommon to fall short of them. So, then, how will each new face for the Bucks fit into the game plan and what can his expected impact be?


Jabari Parker

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Given his versatility on offense, the second overall pick in this summer's draft is a sight for sore eyes in Milwaukee.

Last season the offensively challenged Bucks scored 95.5 points per game (28th in the league) and shot just 43.8 percent from the field.

Now, the addition of Duke sensation Jabari Parker should help turn those numbers around, at least a little bit.

Parker averaged 19.1 points by connecting on 47.3 percent of his field-goal attempts and converting a respectable 35.8 percent of his threes.

Though he can fall in love with his jump shot relatively easily, the 6'8" forward knows he has the size and quickness to score from the post as well.

In the NBA, with great defenders guarding him, he'll certainly need to dig deep into his arsenal of offensive moves in order to produce at the same level he did in college. Even still, he shouldn't be far off from his college production when the NBA season comes to a close. The rookie will see plenty of minutes and figures to become the team's go-to scoring option.

Much of his success will likely depend on how consistently he can get his jumper to fall, and if he can take full advantage of any mismatches that may face him.

Ultimately, it's hard to pinpoint the numbers, but Parker will certainly have a major impact.

However, in an attempt to make things numerical, look for him to average 16.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists on 44.2 percent shooting from the field and 34.3 percent from behind the three-point line.


Kendall Marshall

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It cannot be stressed enough how big of an acquisition Marshall is for the Bucks.

As good as Brandon Knight was in 2013-14, Marshall's presence adds a completely different element to the point guard position and one that hasn't been seen in Milwaukee for quite some time.

And that element is distribution.

Marshall is a fantastic passer who averaged 8.8 assists in 29.0 minutes per game in 2013-14 for the Los Angeles Lakers. Now, under the tutelage of Jason Kidd—one of the best point guards ever—Marshall's opportunity to grow increases exponentially.

That opportunity is not lost on the young point guard, either. As Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel tweeted after the acquisition, Marshall seems eager to work with Kidd:

Look for Knight to start the season at point guard, but don't be surprised if Marshall snatches that starting role from him at some point.

Those 8.8 assists per game he averaged should certainly be attainable and, assuming he can improve his jump shot, there's no reason to believe Marshall can't average 10.0 points.

It's not time to write Knight off, but he had better start thinking about transitioning to shooting guard, especially if Marshall's game continues heading in the proper direction.


Jerryd Bayless

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If Bayless provides the Bucks with what he gave the Boston Celtics a year ago, his signing should be considered a success.

After being traded to Boston by the Memphis Grizzlies, Bayless averaged 10.1 points and 3.1 assists on 41.1 percent shooting (39.5 percent from three-point territory). While those numbers certainly don't jump off the page, a guy like Bayless can provide a spark.

At least, that's the plan.

The Bucks brought in Gary Neal last summer in hopes he would play a similar role, but it never quite worked out. Neal averaged 10.0 points, but shot just 39.0 percent from the floor and tended to be a bit erratic with his shot selection.

Truth be told, Bayless is a similar player.

However, the 25-year-old is a slightly better ball-handler and much more willing to distribute than Neal was during his short time in Milwaukee.

Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders tweeted out the details of Bayless' contract and, for what he could provide, it's not a bad one:

Bayless definitely doesn't bring much of a "wow" factor to the table, but he's a solid role player who is a capable shooter from deep.


Johnny O'Bryant and Damien Inglis

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O'Bryant and Inglis get lumped together for the simple reason that, in my opinion, they won't get a whole lot of playing time.

At least not enough to make a big impact.

Unless a trade occurs at some point, the Bucks are experiencing a bit of a logjam at both forward positions. And that's why both players are presumably going to spend quite a bit of time in the NBA Development League for 2014-15.

O'Bryant is a low-block scorer who adds some bulk to a frontline dominated by long, lanky players like John Henson, Larry Sanders and Ersan Ilyasova. His physical prowess is a welcome addition, but he will need a lot of time to sharpen his game.

On the other hand, as with Giannis Antetokounmpo last summer, not much is known about Inglis.

The Frenchman, as recently reported by Gardner, broke his foot during a workout in Oklahoma City and is still wearing a boot. Whether or not he fully heals before training camp begins is yet to be seen, but even a healthy Inglis probably won't be part of the opening night roster.

Of course, I said the same thing about Antetokounmpo a year ago and was proven wrong.

However and, unfortunately for them, O'Bryant and Inglis play two positions at which the Bucks aren't short on talent.

Yes, someone with the versatility of Inglis could certainly shift around, but the Greek Freak fits that very mold and it's hard to imagine seeing the two, along with Parker, exist on the roster from the get-go.

If O.J. Mayo gets traded by the deadline, though, fans might see plenty of Inglis in the second half.