Pros and cons of the Milwaukee Bucks keeping free agent Jae Crowder

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - MARCH 01 (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)
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Milwaukee Bucks: Jae Crowder
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – FEBRUARY 24 (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images) /

The cons of the Milwaukee Bucks keeping Jae Crowder

While Crowder fits everything the Bucks want in a role player, as just mentioned, his on-court play did not quite live up to it.

Defensively, he looked a step slow at times and had a tough time staying in front of his man in the playoffs. His effort was poor enough that Coach Budenholzer opted to roll with Wesley Matthews, Grayson Allen, and Pat Connaughton far more than Crowder in that series. On offense, Crowder’s play was inconsistent, and he never found any semblance of a groove in the postseason.

Sure, some of that could be attributed to the forward missing most of the season as he opted to sit out due to differences in Phoenix and that he also dealt with an injury after being traded to the Bucks, but the front office in Milwaukee may not see it that way. Crowder will likely be looking for a long-term deal this off-season, and there are questions as to if the Bucks should do that after what the forward showed during his brief time this season.

At 32 years old, Crowder can certainly continue playing, but it is up in the air if his production in Milwaukee was just a poor stretch of if that is what he has to offer at this point.