With just a few days left before the preseason opener, let’s take a look at which five players will step onto the court first to represent the Milwaukee Bucks this coming season.
At the end of last season, it was pretty clear that there were going to be three locks for the starting lineup in Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, and Khris Middleton. As everyone knows by now, the Bucks will be without the luxury of Middleton for much of this season due to injury. With that being said, Jason Kidd still has much of the rotation to figure out.
Entering preseason, Kidd has solved a few of the questions posed by Bucks’ fans everywhere. First of all, with the absence of Middleton, Kidd remarked that Rashad Vaughn would be practicing with the starters for the time being. After a weak rookie campaign, it is nice to see the coach has such faith in the young guard.
Along with Vaughn, it is presumed that Matthew Dellavedova will be his running mate in the back court. Already a proven shooter and defender, the 25-year-old can be a solid starter and leader for Vaughn while on the floor together.
Another question Kidd answered was who would be starting at center. With the logjam created by Miles Plumlee, John Henson, Greg Monroe, and newly drafted Thon Maker, there was plenty of speculation. In the end, Kidd is going with Miles Plumlee as the starter for the beginning of the season.
Although his stats are not the greatest, Plumlee exhibits great chemistry with the two core pieces of the lineup (Jabari and Giannis), which bodes well for him and the team moving forward.
Without further ado, let’s check out the strengths and weaknesses of the starting lineup as it stands.