The Milwaukee Bucks have a good chance at possibly making the finals this season despite having an injury riddled season last year. The pick of the lot being that they were without starting guard Khris Middleton who suffered an injury in preseason practice, and only returned with just 29 games left in the season.
Third-year forward Jabari Parker was also amongst the less fortunate players who suffered injury, with his second torn ACL in his young NBA career, 51 games into the season. Currently, it is unclear if Parker will start the season healthy or will have to sit out a few weeks. Middleton, however, is expected to enter the season healthy.
Though the Bucks are contenders in the decimated Eastern Conference, they still have weak spots on their roster, especially regarding their starting point guard position. Last season the Bucks had Matthew Dellavedova starting most of the games at the point. Also players like All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brogdon starting at the one. Early in the season it was expected that Antetokounmpo would start all the games at point guard whilst the Bucks were experimenting with him, and evolve the NBA.
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The Bucks have every starting position in tact with Middleton or Brogdon at shooting guard, Antetokounmpo at small forward, Parker at power forward, and Greg Monroe at center. That leaves out one position.
Milwaukee’s choices are still open, with possible players to fill this void being Austin Rivers, Emmanuel Mudiay, or free agent Trey Burke.
Austin Rivers would give the Bucks an immediate starter with experience and is arguably the best player on this list. Currently, he is sitting with the third string point guard with the Los Angeles Clippers after they signed European star Milos Teodosic, and traded for Patrick Beverley from the Houston Rockets.
Emmanuel Mudiay was drafted with the 7th overall pick by the Denver Nuggets in the 2014 NBA Draft and had a sturdy rookie season with 13 points, three rebounds, and six assists. Entering his third NBA season, Mudiay is expected to fall down the depth chart while the Nuggets are expected to contend in the Western Conference with an improved roster.. Mudiay could probably be grabbed for a few picks.
Trey Burke had a very down-hill season last year with the Washington Wizards. He started off the season as their second unit point guard but eventually fell out of the lineup completely once the Wizards brought in Brandon Jennings. His first three seasons in the NBA with the Utah Jazz he averaged more than twelve points and three assists. Burke would be the easiest option for the Bucks to acquire, but comes with the biggest risk of consistency.
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It could be very possible that the Bucks go with players they currently have on their roster and give Antetokounmpo another chance at point guard and transition Middleton to small forward. Anyway the Bucks go, they still have a solid future lined up, and will be a perennial threat in the East for years to come.
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