NBAScheduletoday.com. Thirty franchises, thirty questions: What will Mike Budenholzer change to the Bucks?. Until the training resumes, Basket USA offers you to study the free agency of the 30 NBA franchises through a major interrogation.
What will the role of LeBron James in the Lakers be? How will the Wizards use Dwight Howard? Can Dennis Schröder play alongside Russell Westbrook? Etc.
Among the teams that intrigue the most, there are the Bucks. For some, they are even among the great winners of the season and it is the year of takeoff for this franchise. She has a superstar, a new room, but also a former Coach of the Year, and she has targeted just in her recruiting with the arrival of experienced players. In a conference is very open, some even see them on the podium, and able to jostle the favorites.
State of the scene
Giannis Antetokounmpo will discover a third coach in a few months. After Jason Kidd and Joe Prunty, place to Mike Budenholzer. This is obviously a rookie of choice since Gregg Popovich’s former assistant arrives with the status of former coach of the Year, and he was undoubtedly the best coach on the market. Under his cup, the Hawks had downright finished first of the conference is with 60 wins in 2015, but as Dwane Casey, his counterpart of the Raptors, he never found the solution to end the domination of LeBron James.
Because the Hawks were embarking on a reconstruction operation, Mike Budenholzer wanted to leave Atlanta and he dreamed of the Bucks position. So it is done, and it joins a very ambitious and progressive franchise.
She has a brand new room, and she ranks one of the world’s best players, Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek is an alien and if the Bucks still progress, it could outright be MVP. He has the talent, and he has become a leader. At his side, Jabari Parker left, and in his place, the leaders opted for experienced players able to dismiss the game with Ersan Ilyasova and Brook Lopez. Not to mention the rookie including DiVincenzo, the recent MVP of the final university Four.
The team no longer spent the first round of the playoffs since 2001, and it’s a bit today or never… Even if Eric Bledsoe has shown his limits, the Bucks have everything you need to go far and invite themselves to the Top 4 of their conference.
As long as it is better defended because it is the big weakness of this training. Last season, the Bucks were the only qualified playoff training with a negative differential, and it cashed 107.1 points out of 100 possessions. In the east, Boston, Philadelphia and Toronto are part of the NBA’s Top 5 and it is essential for the bucks to catch up. The Bucks had adopted an ultra-aggressive defensive strategy under the leadership of Jason Kidd, making it one of the best formations to counters and intercepts. But also one of the ones that made the most mistakes.
Mike Budenholzer has already announced that this would be his priority site.
“I think we have the individual talents in Milwaukee, and one of the things I said during my interview was,” How do you make sure your talents are free in defence? ” I just think there is a lot to do with them. »
The good news about defense is that Jabari Parker is gone. On the other hand, Eric Bledsoe never shone by his constancy in this sector, and he will have to show the example. He has the physique to, and everything will begin with him.
Outside, the Middleton-Giannis duo has the potential to be hyper efficient, both on man and in rotations. With Mike Budenholzer, Atlanta was at the time a guest in the top 5 of the best defenses, but Milwaukee does not have a player like Al Horford to direct the maneuver in the racket.
Free Giannis Antetokounmpo in attack
It can be said now, the Bucks were often hard to see in the game. Everything went through Giannis Antetokounmpo and the movements were very limited in attack. It’s a pity when you think about the potential of a Khris Middleton or a Parker Jabari. But Jason Kidd (then Joe Prunty) first relied on the “Greek Freak” to make the differences, sometimes forcing the Greek to force against defenses that awaited him, grouped under the circle.
The very good news is that Mike Budenholzer put first on the collective, and he already warned that he wanted to relieve his “franchise player”. Of course, Giannis can do anything, but it will be even more effective if he is not asked to create the whole game or to put the pressure on the opposing defence without stopping.
Just think of the game of the Hawks of the great era to imagine what it can give. Khris Middleton could take over the role of Kyle Korver and multiply the false tracks by discarding the game. Brook Lopez and Ersan Ilyasova are able to wear screens away from the ball to free up space, while opening up to the basket or departing. That’s what’s going to change in Milwaukee: Game without a ball and false tracks.
Another aspect of the game that will evolve: the search for 3-point shooting. With the exception of Khris Middleton, the Bucks used little (25 shots per game) and scored less than 9 per game (27th in the NBA). In comparison, Boston, Toronto, Philadelphia and Cleveland drew more than 30 per game. Mike Budenholzer should change that, and recruitment went in that direction since Ersan Ilyasova, Brook Lopez and even whose divincenzo have the easy trigger.
A more collective game, movement and more shooting at 3-points… On paper, the Bucks have everything they need to exploit their potential and finally allow Giannis Antetokounmpo to cross the final course.