The Bucks made a pretty astute little move yesterday when they acquired the veteran journeyman C Samuel Dalembert from the Houston Rockets for, essentially, two draft spots.
First, they gave up nothing. The Bucks administration is just as likely to make a mistake at 14 as they were at 12. Secondly, they picked up a pretty productive center who fits perfectly in the Scott Skiles defensive regime.
Dalembert’s Win Chart for the last 5 seasons
*: numbers projected over a regulation 82 game schedule
As you can see, Dalembert is a consistent +0.500% winner. In 2010 he even made my 20 MVP List. Even if you throw out that outlier, he has been above average in every other season. He basically gives the Bucks exactly what Bogut gave them, with probably a tiny bit more defensive presence in the middle (his penchant for blocking shots is probably the reason why his Defensive Win Score is a little high).
Dalembert is certainly better than the other horror shows the Bucks were rumored to be ready to draft: the big man from Illinois, who did nothing in the Big Ten last season (he has one of those “last name as my first name” names that drive British people nuts and that now escapes me) or Zeller from UNC, who was productive in his last season (but so was Psycho T and he has completely sucked for the Pacers) but who was never that productive in his earlier seasons, and who has the standing reach of a small forward.