Milwaukee Bucks: Ranking top 5 shooting guards of the last 10 seasons

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Milwaukee Bucks: Malcolm Brogdon
May 19, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports /

Top 5 Milwaukee Bucks shooting guards of the last 10 seasons – No. 2: Pat Connaughton

Seemingly always playing bigger than his size, Pat Connaughton has become a stalwart for the Bucks at this position since signing as a free agent in 2018. He’s taken a lot of flak from fans over his tenure as a Buck, but he’s proven to be a valuable member of the rotation every step of the way.

In 197 games as a Buck, Connaughton has averaged 6.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.6 assists. But as we’ve seen with Connaughton, the counting stats don’t always tell the full story. He’s posted a 57.3 percent true shooting and 55.8 percent effective field goal percentage and his advanced numbers definitely pop off the page. He’s been worth over 10 win shares in his Bucks career, the fourth-highest among Bucks guards since 2011-12. His box plus/minus (0.4) and Value Over Replacement Player (2.5) metrics are each the sixth-highest, according to Stathead.

Connaughton finds success by doing a lot of things very well and nothing spectacularly, except maybe rebounding for his size. His strength, athleticism, and ability to defend players bigger than him have helped unlock some small-ball lineups over the last couple of years. Additionally, his 3-point shooting really turned a corner this past season, and without his shooting off the bench in the playoffs, they may not win the championship.

Top 5 Milwaukee Bucks shooting guards of the last 10 seasons – No. 1: Malcolm Brogdon

I’m sure this isn’t a popular choice for some after his departure from the Bucks, but Malcolm Brogdon is quite easily the best shooting guard the Bucks have had over the last 10 seasons. Although he’s grown more as a player in Indiana, he wouldn’t have necessarily had the chance at a larger role with the Bucks.

All of that being said, in his 187 games with the Bucks, Brogdon averaged 12.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and just under a steal per game. He was incredibly efficient as a scorer as well, with a 58.5 percent true shooting and 54.8 percent effective field goal rate. He even posted a 50/40/90 season in his last year with the Bucks, where he began to show flashes of the player he’s become with the Pacers.

I don’t think I need to remind Bucks fans how solid of a player Brogdon was at both ends of the floor and how much of a steadying presence he was when he had the ball in his hands. His 13.4 win shares are the second-highest among Bucks guards in this timespan, underscoring how valuable he was to the Bucks. It’s a shame they weren’t able to retain him, but it’s also good to see him flourish as a player.

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Brogdon came into the league as a second-round pick, but left as one of the best players at his position for the Bucks in the last decade or so, what a rise.