Jared Dudley SG/SF MIL 2 months ago

Dudley appeared in 72 games for the Bucks this season, averaging 7.2 points and 3.1 rebounds in 23.8 minutes per game while shooting 46.8 percent from the floor.

Dudley, who was traded to Milwaukee from the Clippers in the offseason, may not have made a massive statistical impact, but by all accounts he played a major role in the league's biggest turnaround story. The epitome of a role player, Dudley played and defended several positions throughout the year and served primarily as a catch-and-shoot threat on the offensive end. The Boston College product peaked before the All-Star break, averaging 12.1 points on 59.8 percent shooting (56.5% 3Pt) over a 12-game span in which the Bucks went 9-3. He came back down to Earth after the break, however, as nagging knee and back injuries began to limit his effectiveness. Dudley sat out six games in mid-March and rested the final two games of the regular season in hopes of returning at full strength for the playoffs. While he logged double-digit minutes in all six postseason contests, Dudley was mostly ineffective, averaging 6.7 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. He was one of only a couple Bucks players to shoot efficiently, however, as he connected on 8-of-14 three-point attempts. Dudley enters the offseason with a decision to make. Holding a $4.25 million player option for next season, the soon-to-be-30-year-old said he's unsure whether he'll exercise the option or seek a longer term deal in Milwaukee or elsewhere. The veteran last spoke to the media on May 1, when he said he believes there is an "80-to-90 percent chance" he returns to the Bucks.

Jared Dudley SG/SF MIL 2 months ago

Dudley said Thursday that there is a "80-90 percent chance" he returns to the Bucks next season, Andrew Gruman of Fox Sports Wisconsin reports.

The ball is currently in Dudley's court, as he holds a $4.25 million player option for next season. Dudley is currently unsure if he'll exercise the option, but even if he doesn't, there appears to be a considerable amount of optimism that he and the Bucks would be able to work out a new, longer-term deal. The veteran was an integral part of the Bucks resurgence, but he turns 30 in July and dealt with lingering knee and back issues this season.

Jared Dudley SG/SF MIL 2 months ago

Dudley has been quiet through the Bucks' first two playoff games.

Dudley played 17 minutes in Game 1 and only 12 in Game 2, and he hasn't been much of a factor for the Bucks, who could desperately use his outside shooting ability. Dudley is a combined 2-of-8 from the field (1-4 3Pt) while adding 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals. He'll likely continue to see limited minutes off the bench for the remainder of the series.

Jared Dudley SG/SF MIL 2 months ago

Dudley took part in a full practice Thursday, CF Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Dudley rested the final two games of the regular season, but after going through a full practice Thursday there is no reason to believe he won't be available Saturday, as expected. Though he started one game in place of Giannis Antetokounmpo down the stretch, Dudley will likely come off the bench against the Bulls.

Jared Dudley SG/SF MIL 2 months ago

Dudley will rest Wednesday against the Celtics.

With the six seed already locked up, Dudley will rest for the second straight game. He's dealt with back issues throughout the second half of the season, but the expectation is that he'll be ready for the Bucks' first round series, which will kick off Saturday or Sunday.

Jared Dudley SG/SF MIL 3 months ago

Dudley will not travel to Philadelphia with his team.

This essentially rules Dudley out for the game Monday, which makes sense considering the Bucks cannot improve or lose their seed during the final two games of the season. Expect Dudley to return to the lineup for the Bucks' final game at home against the Celtics.

Jared Dudley SG/SF MIL 3 months ago

Dudley returned to the bench with Giannis Antetokounmpo back in the lineup and had five points (2-5 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT) with four rebounds in 27 minutes in the win over the Knicks on Saturday.

Dudley's production does not appear to hinge on his being in the starting lineup. He does not put up many numbers in either situation. Dudley should only be used in the deepest of fantasy leagues.

Jared Dudley SG/SF MIL 3 months ago

Dudley will shift back to the bench for Friday's game against the Knicks, Ian Begley of ESPN reports.

Dudley got the call while Giannis Antetokounmpo (coach's decision) sat out Wednesday, but with Antetokounmpo returning to the lineup Friday, Dudley will move back to a reserve role. Dudley provided five points, three rebounds and seven assists in 32 minutes Wednesday. He's an integral role player for the Bucks, who can clinch a playoff spot Friday, but he doesn't rack up counting stats consistently enough to warrant consideration in most leagues.

Jared Dudley SG/SF MIL 3 months ago

Dudley started for Giannis Antetokounmpo (coach's decision) and provided five points (2-4 FG, 1-3 3Pt), three rebounds, and seven assists in 32 minutes in the loss to the Cavaliers on Wednesday.

Antetokounmpo was benched under somewhat mysterious circumstances. Dudley received a nice bump in minutes, but up similar stats as a reserve. His 3-point spree in February is but a memory.

Jared Dudley SG/SF MIL 3 months ago

Dudley will get the start in place of Giannis Antetokounmpo on Wednesday against Cleveland, CF Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Coach Jason Kidd did not have much to say about the decision, simply telling reporters he's "just making a change." Antetokounmpo has started 67 of 77 games this season, and he averaged more than 37 minutes per game in March - the most of any month in his career. He did struggle Saturday against Orlando, scoring eight points on just 3-of-12 shooting, but it doesn't seem as though he's being "benched" by Kidd after one poor performance. As the starter, Dudley could see a few extra minutes, but Kidd has proven time and again that his rotations blur the line between "starter" and "bench" on a nightly basis.