Breaking down the Bucks in the 2017 NBA Las Vegas Summer League
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For the second straight year, the Milwaukee Bucks went 1-4 in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League, their only victory coming against Brooklyn in their second contest.
Of course, the purpose in the summer for the Bucks was to get some experience for 2017 draft picks D.J Wilson and Sterling Brown -- as well as former top picks Thon Maker (who stuck around for only two games before heading to work out with Giannis Antetokounmpo) and Rashad Vaughn.
So how did they do? And did any other player make an impression? Let's delve in a little deeper into the Bucks' summer-league results.
Most valuable player: Rashad Vaughn
A veteran of the summer league, Vaughn opened up his game in his third year in the Las Vegas circuit. Vaughn, who played one year collegiately at UNLV, displayed more of an all-around shooting game rather than just roaming on the outside. In five games, Vaughn averaged 16.0 points in just 25.2 minutes (30.4 points per 48 minutes) while making 51.7 percent of his field-goal attempts. He also averaged 3.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steals. Certainly the bucks would like to see this Vaughn in the upcoming season.
Most surprising player: Stephen Zimmerman
Zimmerman was a surprise in part because he wasn't even on the Bucks roster originally. The 2016 second-round draft pick was waived by Orlando just before the start of the Las Vegas league and hooked on with Milwaukee. The 7-foot, 240-pound Zimmerman played in 19 games for the Magic last season as he spit time between Orlando and the D League. Zimmerman didn’t play much until the final game vs. Utah, when he started and played a team-high 21 minutes. He also led the Bucks with six rebounds and was one of players with 12 points, making 3 of 6 field-goal attempts and 6 of 8 from the line, and tying for a team high with two steals and a block. There might not be room on the Bucks' active roster as it stands, but Zimmerman could perhaps find his way on the Wisconsin Herd.
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Best flash of potential: Sterling Brown
The easy choice would have been top pick D.J. Wilson, who averaged 11.8 points and 5.4 rebounds over 25.2 minutes. But we're going to go with Brown, a second-round pick who Milwaukee purchased from Philadelphia. Brown's final numbers might not be eye-popping 8.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.8 steals while shooting 40.0 percent from 3. However, take away Brown's last game and he made 6 of 13 3-point attempts (and averaged 10.5 points and 4.8 rebounds). Brown's M.O. was shooting and he showed it. Only one other Bucks player had a better 3-point percentage over five games (min. 3 attempts).
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Underdog worth watching: Gary Payton II
Payton continues to get a deep look by the Bucks. Playing in four games, he averaged 8.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists while shooting 46.9 percent from the field, which was second on the team. His 3.3 steals per game tied for the best average -- with the Lakers' Lonzo Ball (who averaged 34.5 minutes) -- for those who played at least three summer-league games. No one else in the league who averaged under 20 minutes per game averaged more than 2.0 steals per game. Payton also led the Bucks in Defensive Rating (90.2) and Player Efficiency Rating (PER, 25.1).
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Dark horse candidate: Travis Trice
Statistically, no one really stood out for Milwaukee this summer. The Bucks spread playing time around, but only four players averaged more than 20 minutes per game -- former first-rounders Maker, Vaughn and Wilson and this year's second round pick Brown were three of them. The fourth was Trice, who averaged 20.4 minutes, 9.4 points and 2.8 assists. Trice led Milwaukee in Offensive Rating at 108.0 and Assist Percentage (24.8). He also made a good final impression, scoring 12 points (on 4-of-5 shooting) with five assists in 17 minutes in the last summer game.