Milwaukee Bucks: Who will be the team’s Most Improved Player next season?

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Tony Snell

Tony Snell’s place in this discussion is an interesting one, as he acts as a player who has shown a relatively consistent base of production over two years in Milwaukee, yet still has very obvious room for improvement.

Snell played 27.4 minutes per game in the 2017-18 season and yet averaged only 5.7 field goal attempts per game. Out of these, 3.6 attempts were three-pointers, which is certainly a positive, though. The problem is Snell doesn’t do much offensively other than wait in the corner for the a spot-up three opportunity. He can also attack a closeout from time to time.

However, Snell just does not seem active enough on the offensive end. There were possessions where he just stood in the corner for 10-15 seconds, rather than working off the ball to create space for himself or others.

Of course, a big part of that problem was schematic, but you have to move off ball to get more shots, whether that’s cutting, running around the perimeter or coming off screens. Up to this point, Snell just hasn’t seemed to fully understand what he has to do off the ball and he is not a ball-handler either.

Snell’s defense is very solid, which is one of the main reasons why he is a useful player despite his extremely low usage on offense (bottom five among players that played at least 1000 minutes last season).

Coach Mike Budenholzer has gotten great production out of low-usage wings like Kent Bazemore and DeMarre Carroll in the past, both of whom are of a similar mold to Snell. If he can do the same in this case, Snell could make a significant jump and help to spur the Bucks on.