The Milwaukee Bucks have waived forward Damir Markota.
82games.com’s Roland Ratings are a very useful way to measure a player’s worth. Only occasionally do they produce head-scratching results. Markota’s rating is not one that helps inspire doubt in the statistical rating system. In fact, Markota’s Roland Rating of -17 in the 2006-07 season pretty accurately describes his worth on the basketball court.
To give some perspective, here is a sampling of five players that rated higher than Markota: Cedric Bozeman, Michael Olowokandi, Scott Padget, Marcus Vinicius, and Stephen Graham.
This helps verify that Markota was indeed one of the worst players in the NBA. More importantly for the Bucks, it shows that whoever takes his spot on the roster, perhaps Awvee Storey, is absolutely an upgrade. That may not seem like a big deal, but even the smallest of steps in the right direction help. This is a small-scale success story, but a success nonetheless in the big picture of upgrading and downgrading.
When Michael Jordan retired, the Chicago Bulls suddenly managed to find roster space and minutes for guys like Corey Benjamin, Dedri Willoughby, Matt Maloney, and Dalibor Bagaric. Today, the Eastern Conference-contending Bulls wouldn’t consider players on that level. So it’s good to see the Bucks appear to no longer be in the business of giving time and money to clearly overmatched “NBA” players.