The Bucks have kept at it with more off-season moves and rumblings Monday by signing Keyon Dooling to a two year contract. There are also rumblings that the Bucks will trade Darnell Jackson and a 2ndround pick to Sacramento for Jon Brockman.
We knew a veteran point guard would be added and here it is. It did not cost the Bucks any current rotation guys so I am happy about that.
Quote from GM John Hammond
“Keyon is a veteran and will complement Brandon Jennings,” general manager John Hammond told the Journal Sentinel. “He’s filled both roles as a point guard as he’s been a starter in the NBA, and he’s played a backup position. He’ll fill in for Brandon with a little added size. Keyon is tremendously long at 6-3 and has always been known as one of the better on-ball defenders in the league.”
Sounds to me like the defense was a major reason the Bucks went with Dooling. I like the fact the Bucks did not sit around and wait for something, they went out and addressed their final need after Luke Ridnour signed with Minnesota.
Scouting Report from John Hollinger at ESPN:
Dooling has been a ‘tweener his whole career, though we now use the more gentle term “combo guard.” He’s very good pressuring the ball as a point guard and his size makes him a strong defender at that position in the halfcourt, but offensively his shoot-first mentality and a tendency to palm the ball have often gotten him in trouble. However, as a shooting guard, he hasn’t had a reliable outside stroke until last season, and he gives up inches in most match-ups. While he’s very good chasing players through screens, his overall body of defensive work last season wasn’t anywhere near his previous high standard.
On the plus side, he’s been an effective combo guard off the bench the past two seasons, and offensively he’s improved quite a bit. He still likes to go one-on-one and shoot pull-up Js going to his left, which is a poor choice as percentage moves go. But he’s cut the proportion of long 2s in his shot mix from more than a third of his attempts his first two seasons in Orlando to just 21 percent last season.
This deal is still in the works but could be completed at any time now. Jackson’s salary for next season is not guaranteed so he could be waived at some point.
Brockman became expendable with the offseason additions of Samuel Dalembert, DeMarcus Cousins and Hasan Whiteside.
Brockman is labeled a rugged banger down low, as Michael Scott screams, “Thats What She Said”, weak. I will leave any jokes up to you. According to his per 40 minute stats he does pull down some rebounds per 40, 13. I am not fully sure if there is an edge with Brockman over Jackson.