For people that believed in this Milwaukee Bucks team coming into the 2013-14 NBA season, the acquisition of veteran forward Caron Butler seemed like a move that would make them even more competitive this year. Like most things concerning the Bucks this year, though, Butler hasn’t really worked out since donning a Bucks uniform.
Due to a number of ailments throughout the year, Butler had played on 24 games in the 2013-14 season. Partially because of those various problems with his health and partially because of the lack of help surrounding him, Butler’s struggles have been numerous this year. In those 24 games, he’s averaged just 10 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists while shooting a meager 35.9 percent from the floor and a mediocre 33.3 percent from three.
Facing off against the inconsistent and porous defense of the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night, though, Butler and the Bucks found some rare success. Coming off of the Bench, Butler played 32 minutes and finished the night with 30 points, seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block while shooting a nice 12-21 from the floor, though he did hit only two of his 10 threes on the night. His big night helped the Buck score a 104-101 win, just their eighth of the season.
Not mincing words, this Bucks team is atrocious. They can’t defend anyone effectively and their offense is sporadic at best. They currently have the worst record in the league and it’s a pretty easy argument to win if you call them the worst team to watch in the league. However, if they want to save face, Butler is going to have to produce at a level somewhere near what he did on Wednesday. That’s certainly a tall task for the soon-to-be-34-year-old, but it’s almost all the Bucks have at this point.