Garrett Temple Terrific in Bucks Debut
It came as a bit of a surprise when Garrett Temple was called up to the Milwaukee Bucks from the NBA Development League's Erie BayHawks earlier this week considering the 6-foot-5 guard was averaging a rather quiet 13.4 points and shooting just 42 percent in the D-League this season.
In his Bucks debut on Wednesday night, however, he showed exactly why he was able to earn a 10-day contract with Milwaukee. In 18 minutes off the bench, Temple scored eight points, grabbed three rebounds and dished three assists while not turning the ball over and making two of his three attempts from beyond the arc. He also led the team with a +11 in the +/- category.
"He started picking up things instantly. We could tell right away, which was his reputation," head coach Scott Skiles told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel after the Bucks' 98-90 victory. "Plus there were some stoppages of play where we could get him organized a little bit and a couple guys were helping him as well. I'm sure he's excited. He had a big game."
Despite having only one practice with the team -- in which he played point guard -- he came through at the shooting guard position when he was called upon.
In the fourth quarter, with the Bucks trailing 78-71 with 7:53 left in the game, Temple hit a corner three-pointer that would ignite a 15-0 run which was capped off with another shot from beyond the arc in the corner of the court. This run turned the Bucks' 78-71 deficit into an 86-78 lead with 4:13 left on the game clock.
"I don't want to not take those shots," Temple said after the game. "I feel comfortable shooting that corner three, and I was able to knock a couple down."
It will be interesting to see if Temple's able to continue earning solid minutes with Milwaukee as most of his minutes came after Chris Douglas-Roberts left the game following a hard fall while driving to the basket in the second quarter. The fact that Corey Maggette picked up his third foul midway through the second quarter helped increase Temple's playing time.
If Skiles' comments after Wednesday's game were any indication, however, it seems as if the head coach will keep giving Temple chances to prove he belongs at the NBA level.
"He's a confident kid," Skiles said. "When those guys get called up, one of the things they can't do is be passive. If somebody is going to go down, you have to go down swinging. You have to go out there and play your game and he played very well. He earned a little more of a look and we'll see what happens going forward."