One of the most underrated teams in the NBA right now is the Milwaukee Bucks. They’ve started off the season 13-14 so far and sitting at the 9th seed. The young lengthy team has players that are improving from all areas of their game.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is by far in the lead for Most Improved Player of the year, as he has raised his scoring average from 16.7 points per game last season to 22.9 PPG this season. The 22-year-old is also the only player in the league who’s averaging at least two blocks and two steals. Jabari Parker is another young buck who is improving every aspect of his game to PPG, AST, REB, and 3 point percentage. You also have John Henson finally playing like a true center in this league. Lastly, you have Kris Middleton out with injury, who was averaging 18.2 PPG last season as he filled their shooting guard role very well.
The Bucks have a lot of big players that can run the floor and fast, and this year they are younger and more athletic. Every starting position for Milwaukee is being utilized effectively, putting them in the best position to win, except for the point guard position. They are already a good team now without a great point guard, but If the Milwaukee Bucks go out and get a good point guard they will be the top team in the East.
This organization never really had a talented top 10 point guard in the league since Oscar Robertson, Sidney Moncrief, and Sam Cassell. Yes, those names are very old. But it’s clear that Matthew Dellavedova is not the answer, with his numbers at 7.8 PPG, 5.6 Ast, shooting 38.6%.
Delly is the perfect guy to be a backup for any point guard in the league right now, but the Bucks aren’t getting enough production at that spot. Giannis Antetokounmpo can’t play point guard for the team the rest of his career, so Milwaukee will be more effective if he in his right position when Middleton gets back. A lot of Bucks fans liked the fact that Giannis is running them, but when Kris gets back, the offense will not have a lot of ball movement with more ball stoppers on the floor.
The Saint Mary’s native Dellavedova is a scrappy player and does a lot of the dirty work for the team; he’s the definition of a bench player. If they make the postseason this year, they will unlikely make a deep run because there’s a lot of other talented point guards. They’re going to outplay, outscore, and outsmart Delly if he’s the point guard.
But, Milwaukee Bucks will be a force in the East if they can get at least top 15 point guard in the league right now. Putting Delly on the bench will strengthen the team and make them even deeper to match with any team in the East.
3 Potential Point Guards Bucks can land before the playoffs
Eric Bledsoe is averaging 20 Ppg, 5 Reb, 5 Ast this season. He will definitely be more than enough for the Bucks. He will fill that point guard position and could establish a permanent home in Milwaukee. The Bucks will get a lot of production from that position, and Dellavedova would be a great backup.
Ricky Rubio is in a lot of trade rumors lately, and the Bucks can use him to control the offense. Rubio recently said “I want to play for a winner”, and he could possibly give that passing spark to the Bucks team to spread the ball even more. Rubio brings passing skills that get everyone involved and he can drive to the rim and finish the layup inside. He can also play defense to help others protect the basket better. Rubio can bring out these young bucks maximum potential.
Jrue Holliday is a highly productive player when healthy, but that’s why Matthew Dellavedova would be the backup point guard. The Bucks will have Holliday for just a year, but he could help them build a postseason run. Jrue’s numbers are 15.3 PPG, 6 Ast, shooting 43%. Holliday will be a perfect fit for the Bucks because he’s low maintenance, and he doesn't want to steal the show or always have to have the ball. He will provide a lot of production into the PG position. Holliday knows how to control the game and make the right play to get things done.
Bucks can wait until 2017 offseason free agency to land a great point guard. The free agents will be filled with a lot of talented point guards if they willing to spend the right amount of money to get the job done. If they get a point guard from the trade or free agency next year, it will be a major upgrade no matter what move they make.
Milwaukee will be a force in the East if they can get an upgrade at that position and could make deep runs in the playoffs.