Five Notes on Jared Dudley
Jared Anthony Dudley
He is not the first Dudley to join the Bucks at age 29. He is not the first Jared (/Jerryd) the team acquired this offseason. He is not even a future first round draft pick.
And so here we will talk about who Jared Anthony Dudley is for a moment.
The Bucks acquired Dudley, along with a conditional first round pick in 2017, from the Clippers in exchange for Carlos Delfino, Miroslav Raduljica and a 2015 second round pick. As we know, first round picks (even late first round picks) are immensely valuable, so that part alone has people rightfully lauding this trade.
While we are at it, Dudley was a late first round pick himself back in 2007, and though he is coming off a relatively off year in terms of shooting in Los Angeles where he averaged 6.9 points and 2.2 rebounds per game, he has had more on years than off years.
Dudley is a career 39.7 % 3-point shooter - the 17th best mark among all active players
— Bucks PR (@BucksPR) August 26, 2014
His career 39.7 percent 3-point mark ranks 17th among all active players – one spot below Ray Allen and five spots in front of J.J. Redick. Swell company. He peaked from beyond the arc back in 2009-10, when he ranked fourth overall in the NBA at 45.8 percent. That number dipped to 36.0 percent last season with the Clippers, but just two seasons ago he converted an impressive 39.1 percent from outside.
Taking a closer look, Dudley was assisted on each and every single one of his 81 3-pointers last season. This is extreme. This also means he is not one to dribble around and hoist shots without discretion (he shot 0-for-11 on threes off the dribble, and 81-of-185 on threes from passes).
From an aesthetic standpoint, that is largely a positive. From a style vantage, Dudley excels at spotting up and receiving the ball. He may make for a useful floor-spacing option in second-unit lineups that feature Kendall Marshall and company.
The threes get most of the attention, and for reasonable reasons. But he is also an ace shooter from just inside the arc in that 16-22 foot range, as noted in the chart above. Like with his threes, these long twos are almost exclusively on catch-and-shoot assisted opportunities.
Now standing 6-7 and 225, he has shifted from power forward as a rookie in Charlotte (where he almost never shot threes) to small forward in Phoenix and then in 2011-12, arguably his best statistical season, he even played a good portion of the season at shooting guard.
With the Bucks, Dudley is a good bet to slot in at small forward, though assigning specific positions to specific players on a roster this fluid and versatile is less important than finding the right lineup combinations. (To wit: Director of Scouting Billy McKinney considered Jabari Parker and Damien Inglis multi-position players, Giannis Antetokounmpo may get some run at point guard, and new head coach Jason Kidd experimented with positions frequently last season with Nets, including slotting Paul Pierce everywhere from shooting guard to power forward. Should be fun.)
Dudley hardly misses a game. Only Kevin Durant has played more regular season games among players from the 2007 Draft.
By all measurements, the Bucks rated among the league’s most injured teams last season. And unfortunately that included the now departed Delfino, who missed the entire season recovering from a foot injury.
In college, Dudley started more than 100 straight games. He played 30+ games in each of his four college seasons.
In the NBA, he has twice played all 82 games, and has played 65+ games in each of his first seven seasons. You never know when injuries will happen, but so far, Dudley has almost always stayed on the court. Off the court, he has also served as co-captain for the Suns, and everyone seems to consider him a well-respected player around the league. These are nice things.