1. Better Fitting Faces
The Bucks had limited cap space and draft resources to make changes this offseason. The team added Ersan Ilyasova, Brook Lopez and Donte DiVincenzo, who are all good to great three-point shooters. Jason Kidd’s system didn’t give the same value to three-pointers as the majority of modern offenses. While some incumbent players will receiver more playing time, these new additions will give the team the ability to be more modern.
Lopez and Ilyasova were brought in to give the team more frontcourt shooting. Parker may leave and Thon Maker might continue to struggle to develop his shooting ability. Ilyasova was a favorite of Budenholzer when he was with the Hawks. He shot roughly 35 percent during his time with the team. Lopez has shot more 3-point attempts than any other center over the last two seasons. While neither are 40 percent shooters, they give the team more shooters around Giannis.
DiVincenzo showed out at the end of his college career during the NCAA tournament. While some viewed selecting him at 17 overall as a risk, his shooting will be a definite boon for this team. He can be this team’s Kyle Korver. He can run all game long with screens set for him all over the floor. While he may not be the first guard off the bench for this team, there will be more than a few lineups featuring him on the floor shooting.
The Bucks are a rising team in the Eastern Conference. There will be many factors that go into them making it past the first round. If they are able to make these factors go well, they will make some noise in the playoffs.