John Salmons Proving To Be Perfect Fit for Bucks

Adam LindemerSenior Analyst IFebruary 28, 2010

John Salmons has played seven games with the Milwaukee Bucks since coming over in a deadline deal that sent Hakim Warrick to the Chicago Bulls.

Since the trade, Milwaukee has gone 6-1, winning its first six games since acquiring the 6' 6" 30-year old from Chicago.

When Michael Redd went out earlier in the season with a torn ACL, his second such injury in as many years, the Bucks needed someone who could score on a consistent basis.

Charlie Bell just wasn't going to cut it as a viable scoring option for the Bucks.

Over the past two seasons, Redd has become a liability for Milwaukee, playing in just 51 games over that span and seeing his shooting percentages decrease as well.

After his first injury, Redd showed fans this season that he wasn't fully recovered, shooting just 35 percent from the field, including 30 percent from behind the arc and just 71 percent from the free-throw line.

What Salmons has done in just a short period of time is just what the Bucks needed, helping them into the seventh playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Salmons only has a 9.2 ppg scoring average for his career, but averaged 18 ppg with the Sacramento Kings and Chicago Bulls last season.

So far this season, Salmons is averaging about 13 ppg with the Bulls and Bucks, including 20.1 ppg with Milwaukee in his seven games.

Salmons also holds the responsibility of guarding the opponent's best scorer, something that Redd couldn't be trusted with; Luc Richard Mbah a Moute handled those duties before the trade.

Milwaukee's six-game winning streak may have come to an end recently, but it still holds a coveted playoff spot in the East.

The Bucks probably had ideas of trading Redd away prior to the deadline, but that point became mute when he went down with his second torn ACL.

Redd still won't be 100 percent if he returns, making Salmons the obvious choice of the future.

Plus, Salmons is on pace to earn just over $6 million next year, while Redd will earn over $17 million. It's time to save some money, especially since the loss of Redd isn't affecting the number of victories being put up by the Bucks.

With the addition of Salmons, and his good performances, it makes Redd's days in Milwaukee numbered.

Because, as they say, "This town ain't big enough for the two of them."