Now a 33-year-old veteran, this former Marquette Golden Eagle is a great player to have on the Bucks. Steve Novak brings a lot of experience to the young team along with his positive attitude. Novak has no problems coming deep off the bench and doing whatever he can to improve the team.
Of the 459 NBA games that he has played in, Novak has only started 6 of them. He is very comfortable in his role, and it is unlikely that he sees any more than 10 minutes per game this season. Still, he has lots of value to the team.
Novak is a shooter. Everybody knows it, but he isn’t easy to stop. With his height at 6’10” and a high release, he is very difficult to block. For his career, he knocks down the three at a remarkable 43.1 percent clip. If he gets any type of open look from beyond the arc, you can just put it into the score book.
He cannot create for himself, as 97.1 percent of his career three-pointers are off of assists, but that’s alright. He spreads the floor incredibly well and does his duty from out there. He fits well with slashing and attacking guards on the floor with the ability to kick it out, which Milwaukee possesses on their roster.
Defensively, he brings very little to the table. He isn’t great in low post defense and struggles against both forward positions, despite his height. Yet, he doesn’t have the quickness to stay with most forwards and often gets left in the dust.
His lack of top-level athleticism hurts him on both ends of the floor, but he is definitely a serviceable bench player, especially when the Bucks are in dire need of shooting.