With the Milwaukee Bucks’ season about to arrive on October 30th versus the New York Knicks, here is the offseason primer to what you may have missed during the summer, including some new faces and returning ones as well.
Giannis Antetokounmpo: The Greek freak was picked 15th overall and has drawn comparisons to Kevin Durant, with his thin but long frame. He is coming into the season as a relative unknown game tape wise and is considered a project. It’s looking like the Bucks might let him learn from the bench during his first year.
Nate Wolters: The rookie from South Dakota State is looking like the third point guard who will play the garbage time minutes during the season.
Brandon Knight: The key piece from the Brandon Jennings deal is only 21 years old. He has shown flashes of quality play but has yet to prove if he can lead an offense throughout a whole season. He is still young and the Bucks picked up his option, so they must see something in him.
O.J. Mayo: With Mayo signing a 3-year, $24 million contract over the summer, this could prove to be a deal for the Bucks Mayo has shown he can be a scoring threat but will he be able to shoulder the scoring load for most of the season? That is the 8 million dollar per year question.
Gary Neal: Brought in to provide some 3 point scoring off the bench, Neal could provide a boost to the unit. With the Bucks losing J.J. Redick and Mike Dunleavy, Neal can help ease the pain.
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Luke Ridnour: Ridnour decided that he wanted to come back to the Bucks and still brings skills to the team. He provides a veteran presence for Knight and Wolters. He can run the offense whenever Knight needs a spell on the bench or injuries occur.
Zaza Pachulia: I don’t mind that he’s back, he is a solid backup center but for 3 years and $16 million, that’s a lot of money for a player who likely isn’t worth it.
Carlos Delfino: After some time away in Houston, Delfino is back to bring some streaky 3 point shooting to the Bradley Center.
The Bucks will be without their starting backcourt from a year ago. The two dynamic, but ball hungry guards are gone with Brandon Jennings leaving via trade and Monta Ellis through free agency. This leaves the bucks to transition from a guard-heavy offense to something else.
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute was traded to the Sacramento Kings for a 2nd round pick.
J.J. Redick and Mike Dunleavy both provided solid 3 point shooting and both were able to leave through free agency.
Samuel Dalembert, Drew Gooden, Gustavo Ayon, Joel Pryzbilla all left as well and their impact will not be as missed considering they did not play major minutes. This allows the Bucks to reload their roster.
Larry Drew was hired as the new head coach and has gotten his teams to overachieve and play for each other in the past. With a roster devoid of a clear superstar, he might be the best fit for this club.
Extension: Larry Sanders signed a 4- year 44 million dollar contract after showing he can be a defensive anchor for the Bucks the past two seasons.
Which move do you think was the best move for the Bucks? What can we expect from the Bucks this season with its newly constructed roster?