The Milwaukee Bucks looked to take a risk by trading for Greivis Vasquez last year. It didn’t end up working in their favor as Vasquez missed a whopping 58 games due to an ankle injury. When he was playing, he was not successful as his three-point percentage was 24.7% and forced the Bucks to waive him this past off season.
After signing a one-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets, Vasquez is looking to make a comeback this off season. It may not be that hard to do as Brooklyn is one of the weakest rosters in basketball. Some one will have to score.
“I’m not done yet. I’m a vet that can produce,” Vasquez said Saturday after practice. “Don’t sleep on me. I work too hard to just be a regular guy that talks in the locker room. I bring leadership, but I’m also going to bring [production], and it’s going to be on the court by playing hard, fouling somebody, hitting a big shot like I did when I was in Toronto…
“I got so much in the tank,” he said. “I feel like I can play in this league three, four more years. I just have to stay healthy.”
I very well believe that Vasquez can play three to four more years in this league. His age still says so at 29, which would put him at the age of 32 or 33 three to four years down the road.
But the one thing that is hampering Vasquez is that he will be backing up Jeremy Lin. With Brooklyn being such a weak team, they are looking in the future for who will be on the roster when they are looking to turn the franchise around.
He will have to make the best of his back-up opportunity because his minutes will be limited to start.
There are a lot of things to like about Vasquez. Coming out of the University of Maryland, Vasquez was a deadly knock down shooter who stood at 6’6. That is a rare combination because some of the tall point guards in the NBA lack an ability to shoot: a la Michael Carter-Williams.
As being very dangerous with his ability to spread the floor, Vasquez lacks the defensive ability to be a solid starter in this league. By coming off the bench, though, going up against veterans won’t be as difficult as if he were starting.
It seems that Vasquez is being a little quick with his words, saying that he can be a leader in the locker room. That remains to be seen.
I think that in order for Vasquez to make a leap this year, he has to put up some good numbers early so maybe a playoff contender will take a chance on him for the second half of the season.