Source: Garrett Temple to Join Bucks
FanHouse has confirmed that the Bucks are expected to call up Erie BayHawks guard Garrett Temple from the NBA Development League. Temple, a versatile 6-foot-6 guard, earned three call-ups last year from the D-League as he played in 27 NBA games split between the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs.
ESPN's Marc Stein first reported the call-up on Twitter.
Though Temple's best asset is his defense, the versatile wing has shown that he can do whatever it takes to help his team. With the Spurs last season, that meant starting at point guard when Tony Parker went down due to injury -- a position he's rarely played in the D-League. Still Temple was able to produce by averaging 11.3 points and hitting 54 percent of his three-point attempts as a starter at the NBA level.
After beginning this season with the Spurs, Temple was released after just three games and chose to return to the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers in hopes of another chance at getting to the NBA through the D-League. After a slow start in nine games with the Vipers, though, he was traded to the BayHawks for fellow NBA prospect Jeff Adrien. Though his statistics have remained relatively the same -- 14.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists -- he's began to come around as of late.
In Erie's most recent game, a 115-110 victory over the Bucks-affiliated Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Temple scored 28 points, grabbed seven rebounds, dished four assists and picked up two steals and a block to complete his box score. Most impressively, however, was his ability to do all of that efficiently as he made 7 of 9 from the field and 12 of 14 from the free throw line.
This improved production falls in line with what one NBA scout told FanHouse prior to last week's D-League Showcase.
"Stats are not his thing, he is a team player who is not a volume scorer," the scout said. "He can defend his position, make open shots, and moves the ball to the open man, which is exactly what many NBA teams need from role players. After maybe a little bit of an NBA hangover, his stats and production will climb back to his normal high standard after he gets acclimated to his new team."
With Temple's call-up, this will be only the third time in team history that Milwaukee has called up a player from the D-League. He will join Eddie Gill (2008-09) and Jared Reiner (2006-07).