The Milwaukee Bucks have had a disastrous season to say the least, but they do have a lot of positives to look forward to. They will have a high lottery pick in a loaded draft, a young frontcourt with potential and a backcourt that has shown improvement with Brandon Knight. They also have O.J. Mayo.
Mayo is on the books for the next two seasons at $8 million per year. Initially signed as a free agent to help the Bucks compete for a playoff spot, Mayo was there at the start of the season when the ship started sinking and has been on-and-off since. Mayo has been plagued by injuries, rotation changes and some would argue regression. Given the remaining salary, the Bucks hope it’s the injuries that have led to reduced production and not career regression. Mayo’s numbers have dropped from last year’s 15.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game to this year’s 11.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. Some of this can be attributed to decreased minutes and some is due to Mayo being out of shape. Is Mayo out of shape due to injuries or motivation?
The Bucks have to bet on injury; they have little choice. Yes, there is a loaded NBA Draft this year, but it is light on shooting guards. Giannis Antetokounmpo has spent some time in this position, but it’s not clear who the long-term solution will be at the two spot. The Bucks may need to hold their Mayo and hope for the best.
David is a NBA writer for Rant Sports. Follow David S. Grant on Twitter @david_s_grant