Giannis Antetokuonmpo is one of the fast rising stars in the league. The Milwaukee Bucks can turn into a real playoff contender in the 2016-2017 NBA Season if continues his rise and become an NBA superstar this season.
The Bucks are confident with the ability of their core players to improve that they addressed the bench and just some starting spots in the 2016 offseason.
They have given the keys to the franchise to Antetokounmpo, who signed a new huge deal worth $100 million over four years. With the expected growth of another young player in Jabari Parker, who was picked second overall in the 2014 draft but missed lots of time due to injuries last year, the Bucks are expected to take the next step in the new season.
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In free agency and trades, Milwaukee got Australian point guard Matthew Dellavedova, who can potentially unseat Michael Carter-Williams as the long-term starter for the team. They also got veteran guard Jason Terry, who is expected to man both guard spots with his shooting.
The Bucks also acquired Steve Novak, Michael Beasley, Miles Plumlee and Thon Maker for frontcourt depth. Role players but they will improve the bench play and scoring in Milwaukee this season.
Milwaukee Bucks 2016-2017 Depth Chart
Point Guards: Matthew Dellavedova, Michael Carter-Williams, Jason Terry
Shooting Guards: Rashad Vaughn, Malcolm Brogdon, Khris Middleton (injured)
Small Forwards: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Steve Novak
Power Forwards: Jabari Parker, Mirza Teletovic, Michael Beasley
Centers: Greg Monroe, John Henson, Miles Plumlee, Thon Maker
Key Losses: Tyler Ennis (trade)
Key Additions: Matthew Dellavedova (trade), Jason Terry (free agency), Thon Maker (draft), Michael Beasley (trade), Steve Novak (free agency), Miles Plumlee (free agency)
Milwaukee Bucks 2016-207 Strengths/Weaknesses: The Bucks will be a very versatile team led by Antetokuonmpo, who can play all five positions and will be given the green light to run the team by head coach Jason Kidd.
With a healthy Jabari Parker, Antetokuonmpo will be more active in setting up teammates and also getting his own points. What they do with Greg Monroe will be crucial since it’s a trade asset that can get them a temporary starting shooting guard with the injury to Khris Middleton, who is reportedly out for six months.
Prediction: The Bucks will make improvements this season but the loss of Middleton will be big because he’s the wingman that stretches the floor for the Bucks’ other key players. If they can get a SG in free agency or trade and then get back Middleton healthy by midseason, Milwaukee will battle for a playoff spot.
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