2. Jae Crowder
Crowder re-signing with the Bucks was a bit of a surprise. Milwaukee gave up five second-round draft picks to acquire him in February, but things did not go as planned.
Crowder held out after being demoted to the bench by the Suns, and his first action came with the Bucks. The 6’6 forward averaged 6.9 points and 3.8 rebounds in 18.9 minutes per game during the regular season and was completely out of the rotation for the final two playoff games.
Crowder turned 33 years old this summer. Was this just a case of him exiting his prime or did the time off prevent him from playing his best? The Bucks brought him back and need him to play a key bench role. Will Crowder be happy with that? He was not willing to come off the bench in Phoenix, but the 6’6 forward likely had no other options this summer.
Jae Crowder was a strong 3-and-D option that every team wanted in his prime. Can he get back there or will the Bucks regret this signing? It will be worse because the franchise gave up five second-round picks to acquire him. They got little in return last season and another down year could make the trade a disaster.