Grading Malik Beasley's performance so far
Shooting guard Malik Beasley signed with the Milwaukee Bucks this off-season as a free agent. He has also played in 29 of the team's 31 games this season. To date, he is averaging 11.7 points while shooting a lofty 48.4 percent from the floor, including 46.2 percent from 3-point range, which puts him among the top outside shooters in the entire NBA.
As expected, he does have his issues on the defensive side of the ball, but his ability to become a flamethrower and score 15-19 points on any given night on a team if they don’t respect his shot is truly amazing. He has made most Bucks fans forget about Grayson Allen.
His minimal salary and the infectious good vibes he brings to the Milwaukee Bucks have so far resulted in a slam-dunk veteran minimum signing. His overall efficiency has been phenomenal, and he has, for the most part, exceeded all expectations so far this season. His overall grade so far is an A.
Grading Cameron Payne's performance so far
Backup point guard Cameron Payne has played in all 31 games this season for the Bucks. He is currently averaging 6.5 points while shooting 46.8 percent from the floor, including 40.7 from three.
Payne has proven to be a serviceable backup point guard in many ways. He can get hot and give you 15+ points on a good night and provide an instant spark off the bench when he comes in for Lillard. He's not the greatest defender, but for the amount the Bucks are paying him, he is by far the most effective backup point guard the Bucks have had in years, as opposed to George Hill. Payne has proven to be a solid, competent veteran player off the bench. His overall grade so far is a B-.