Milwaukee Bucks: A 2021 New Year’s resolution for each starter

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Milwaukee Bucks: Donte DiVincenzo, Golden State Warriors: Jordan Poole
Dec 25, 2020; Milwaukee, WI, USA (Nick Monroe/Handout Photo-USA TODAY Sports) /

Donte DiVincenzo – Continue developing at a rapid pace

Donte DiVincenzo entered his third season with the Bucks more motivated than ever. The guard was initially traded to the Sacramento Kings in the botched Bogdan Bogdanovic trade in the offseason, and with that chip placed on his shoulder, he has started the season off red-hot.

In five games, all starting, DiVincenzo averaged 14 points on .542/.615/.667 shooting splits, 3.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.8 steals in 24 minutes per game. The 23-year-old has looked fantastic in this stretch, particularly on the offensive end. Although a small sample size, DiVincenzo has significantly improved his 3-point shooting, which has been a welcoming surprise as he slides into the starting lineup full-time.

With a more prominent role, DiVincenzo will get minutes in big moments for the Bucks. Although he is the second-youngest player on the roster behind Jordan Nwora, DiVincenzo has shown that he can contribute to a team with significant title aspirations.

Jrue Holiday – Continue building up chemistry with teammates

Although the  Bucks made several moves this offseason, none was more substantial than the acquisition of Jrue Holiday. Throughout his current five-game stay with the Bucks, Holiday has been hit or miss as he gets integrated into the system, but that was expected after having played for the same organization for the past seven years.

It will take some time for Holiday to gain his footing with the Bucks fully, but that is something that continues evolving game-by-game.

Milwaukee traded for Holiday because they believe he was the missing piece in their backcourt, and he undoubtedly has the potential to be just that. Plugging another top-tier player into any lineup is far from easy, especially one with two All-Stars, but things will hopefully continue meshing as time progresses.