Rashad Vaughn was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 17th overall pick in the 2015 draft. Vaughn played one collegiate season at UNLV, where he became a household name due to his scoring ability. Going into his freshman season, Vaughn was not a well-known name around college basketball. UNLV is a good basketball school but does not necessarily get the most recognition. As a freshman, Vaughn took the Mountain West Conference by storm, averaging nearly 18 points per game. His freshman year was good enough to get him selected in the top 20 of the NBA draft. Vaughn is a 6’6” scoring guard who has good size for the position. He is mainly known as a scorer, which happens to be just what the Milwaukee Bucks need.
Milwaukee could turn out to be the perfect spot for Vaughn. They are an up and coming team who did make the playoffs last year. They are still young but are on the rise. The Bucks were a great defensive unit last year, but struggled to score the ball at times, especially off the bench. Vaughn could look to take the spot of OJ Mayo who was their primary scoring guard in the second unit. Mayo is an inconsistent player and if Vaughn can show some consistent shooting he could slide into the 6th man scoring role. He will also have to play solid defense to get into the rotation for coach Jason Kidd.
At UNLV Vaughn shot over 38% from three to go along with his 18 points per game. He did not do much else on the floor so that will be the role he will be looking to fill in the NBA. He showed right away in the summer league that he was not shy about shooting and that he has the ability to fill it up. He averaged 17 points per game in 6 games and scored over 20 twice, while never going under double digits. The scoring was there but the percentages that he had in college were missing. Although he did score at a good clip, he did struggle with his shot for the most part. He let it fly from three despite the poor shooting, but ended up at just 25% to go along with 36% from the field. If he is to crack the rotation in Milwaukee these numbers will have to improve.
The good news for Vaughn is that he does not have a ton of competition at the shooting guard spot aside from Mayo. If Mayo struggles or if Vaughn shows the ability to be a consistent scorer, he could find himself getting regular minutes on a playoff team during his rookie season.
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