Dellavedova Looks Like Another Bad Bucks Contract
Last night, I took in Utah Jazz and Milwaukee Bucks game from 13th row in section 226. My seats were great, and you’re really able to see things on the court that you might miss at home or farther away from the court. One thing stood out to me was how Matthew Dellavedova doesn’t fit in with what Bucks are doing on offense. The bad news is they are at the start of a four-year deal, and three more years still remain with Delly. You get the feel this heading to the graveyard of bad Bucks contracts.
This could be an overreaction, but there’s no proof that Delly is adapting to the system. He wants to be a point guard and needs to have the ball is in his hands to create. Dellavedova’s shot isn’t working right now, therefore, he’s not sitting out on the three-point line to be a shooter for Giannis Antetokounmpo like he was for LeBron James. Delly tries way too hard to make things happen out there at this point, and it’s killing Bucks offense. My hope is Jason Kidd recognized this as Dellavedova hit the bench for the second half, but it was far too late as Utah Jazz already pulled away from Bucks. The sooner Kidd makes the move to give Brogdon around 25-30 minutes and Dellavedova significantly less like 18-22 minutes.
I’m not ready to fault John Hammond for this acquisition though. Bucks needed more shooters, and they believed he could do it without LeBron plus with the way Antetokounmpo can do things with the ball, you could see how this would be similar. He still has a nice contract, and some history with star players to convince some team to look at him either this summer or next trade deadline. Bucks found their solution with Brogdon and didn’t know it this summer.
If Kidd or Bucks convince themselves they can still win with Delly starting at guard, they’ll easily miss the playoffs.