It will be much easier for Rashad Vaughn to make a leap next season than it will for a player like Giannis Antetokounmpo or John Henson, simply based on their starting points. Vaughn was one of the worst players in the NBA last season–all he has to do is become serviceable to be making a large leap.
If he can become anything close to the shooter that NBA scouts believed he would be, Vaughn will already be miles better than he was last season. Some more defensive acumen learned from harsh lessons over the course of his rookie campaign should help too.
Vaughn is somewhat of a risky pick here because of simply how much he struggled last season, but he was a lottery pick for a reason. It’s too soon to simply give up on him entirely.
Another year with Milwaukee’s coaching staff and simply playing in the NBA against the best competition in the world should be hugely beneficial to Vaughn’s development. As long as he goes easy on the cookies, Rashad Vaughn could become a real player this season.
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