The Michael Carter-Williams experiment is over.
Rumors swirled over the weekend, suggesting that the Milwaukee Bucks were going to trade point guard Michael Carter-Williams to the Chicago Bulls. The rumors were confirmed Sunday, as both teams had agreed to the trade. On Monday the trade became official, and the newest Milwaukee Buck is Tony Snell.
Many Bucks fans are excited to see Michael Carter-Williams leave. His pitiful shooting was a major issue, and he did not give the Bucks the production that they wanted. When compared to former point guard Brandon Knight, he severely underperformed.
Now though, the Michael Carter-Williams talk will die out in the Bucks camp. A new guard is here, and his name is Tony Snell.
Snell is a 24-year-old SG/SF, who the Bucks hope can fit in the offense. Snell shoots 36% from 3 point land, and 37% from the entire field. While this is certainly an improvement, it should be noted that he only attempts 2.4 3 pointers per game (making 0.9/game), and 5.3 shots from the field, making 2.0 per game.
The news does not improve. In 20 minutes per game, Snell averages just over 5 points per game. He also averages around 3 rebounds per game and 1 assist per game. While he is not expected to be the new superstar point guard for the Milwaukee Bucks, you would think that the team would try to pursue a player that can provide a bit more of a spark off the bench. However, Snell is only 24 years old. Obviously, this means he has 3 years until he turns 27, but 27 is more than just a number. 27 is widely considered the theoretical prime age, which is the age when most players are expected to hit their prime.
So, who "won" in this trade?
The Bulls sent away a below average shooting guard and in return received an even worse point guard. The Bucks were able to get rid of Michael Carter-Williams who did not help the team at all, yet really didn't solve any problems by acquiring Snell. The Bucks may have "won" this trade by walking away with the least worst player of the two.