Starter: John Henson
Second Unit: Thon Maker
Depth/Rebounder: Tyler Zeller
Deep Depth: Marshall Plumlee
Holding down the middle is “The Gadget,” John Henson. Getting his first real chance to start every game, he was the definition of solid, utilizing his low post footwork and variety of shot fakes and hook shots to score 8.8 points per game at a 57 percent clip. He’s also a good defender who alters plenty of shots at the rim but is out-muscled a lot by wider-bodied centers. He could also be a candidate for a trade because of his contract.
In that second unit, Thon Maker looks to overcome last year’s sophomore slump (until the playoffs) and continue to ascend to the player that the Bucks expect when they took him tenth overall. When he’s on, he’s a sharpshooting big man who will run the floor extremely well and provide all the hustle you could ask for. But too often last year he was a tick slow on his release and his processing, leading him to press to make up for it and making another mistake. But it’s not hard to salivate over a second unit of Maker, Parker, Snell, DiVincenzo, and Brown.
After the two long-armed and springy centers, we get to two throwbacks. Zeller and Plumlee are bruisers who will get the tough rebounds and provide toughness and grit to the frontcourt. Plumlee is more athletic, but Zeller is more consistent and will likely get a roster spot over the third Plumlee brother.
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