The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting that the Bucks have reached a one-year deal with Hakim Warrick worth nearly $3 million.
In just his fourth season in the Association, Warrick played in all 82 games averaging 24.7 MPG, 11.6 PTS, 5.0 REB, 0.6 BLK, 0.5 STL, while shooting 49.1 percent from the floor. Not staggering numbers, but there should be plenty of opportunities for Hakim to improve on those numbers this season.
As Jeff pointed out yesterday in his piece about the 10 winners of the offseason, the Bucks had little to speak of from either the ‘3’ or ‘4’ positions. Competing with the likes of Amir Johnson, Joe Alexander, and Luc Mbah a Moute for minutes, Warrick is the only one of those four players to show any hint of consistency. He has put up 11 and 5 over each of the last three seasons. Nothing staggering, but if you had to pick a player out of this bunch to step in right away and produce, especially on the offensive end, Warrick has to be that guy. Mbah a Moute is a better defender on the perimeter, Amir Johnson a better low-post defender, and Joe Alexander is fluent in Mandarin.
Warrick tops the other three at running the floor and is a better finisher. He’s a career 50.0 percent shooter from the floor, though he needs to develop more of a step-out jumper and expand his offensive game a little more. But given that he can outright win the starting position at the ‘4’ while Alexander and Johnson figure out what they can and can’t do on the basketball court, if Warrick tops the 30-minute mark nightly it is possible that 16/8/2 will be a common line for the former Orange (a possible ceiling of 18/10/2?). Add in a FG% near his career average and (hopefully) a block per game and you’re looking at a draftable option at the forward position.
Maybe it’s the infinite loop of Hakim Warrick blocking Michael Lee in the 2003 NCAA Championship Game running through my head, but I definitely think this is a nice move for the Bucks. Even if it ends up being just a one-year rental.