The Milwaukee Bucks have traded the 12 pick in tomorrow night’s draft, Jon Leuer, Jon Brockman, and Shaun Livingston to Houston for Samuel Dalembert and the 14th pick. Not only is this the first time I’ve seen a trade including two non-H Jon’s, but it also leans heavily in Milwaukee’s favor.
This season the Bucks traded perpetually injured (though talented, tough, and hard working) center Andrew Bogut (and change) for Monta Ellis. This gave the Bucks the fastest and one of the most aggressive backcourts in the Association. It also meant that they rolled out Drew Gooden and Ersan Ilyasova (both under 6’10) at center. Both guy’s true position is forward. With Dalembert starting at center, the Bucks have just increased their interior defense and rebounding, though they might be losing some effort and consistency.
Essentially, all this cost Milwaukee was 2 draft spaces. Leuer, Brockman, and Livingston were not doing much for the Bucks and would all be deep, deep on the Bucks bench next season. Given this year’s draft quality, it’s a fairly safe assumption that any pick after the top 5 is pretty much a shot in the dark. In my opinion, the Bucks lose pretty much nothing in this deal. Dalembert should help shore up the interior, thus improving the Bucks. However, what he won’t do is significantly improve the Bucks shooting percentage, which has been among lowest in the association for the past three seasons. That issue still plagues the Bucks.