Milwaukee Bucks: 3 offseason moves that have benefitted the Bucks

Jan 24, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA (Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports)
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Nearly one-third of the way through the NBA regular season, the Milwaukee Bucks are still working out the kinks, but things are coming along nicely.

With a 14-8 record, the Bucks currently occupy the second seed in the Eastern Conference standings, and they appear headed in the right direction after a slow start. Many expected that Milwaukee would not be able to replicate their regular season dominance from the start this year due to the remodeling of the roster this offseason, and they were right.

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However, as chemistry has continued to develop with each passing game, teammates have finally started to get accustomed to playing with one another consistently. Retooling half of the roster was certainly a tall task for the Bucks this offseason, but the team has seen the benefits of their efforts early on.

Although there are several to choose from, here are three offseason moves that have benefitted the Milwaukee Bucks in the early going this year.

Offseason moves that have benefitted the Milwaukee Bucks — Pushing the chips in on Jrue Holiday

It was beyond evident at the conclusion of last season that the Bucks needed an upgrade in the backcourt. After packaging three future first round draft picks, two picks swaps, Eric Bledsoe and George Hill, the Bucks pulled off a blockbuster deal to acquire Jrue Holiday from the New Orleans Pelicans.

At the time, many called the deal a significant overpay and a desperate act for the Bucks, considering Holiday could enter free agency after just one season. However, the guard came into Milwaukee, having embraced the opportunity to play for a premier title contender, and expressed his excitement to see how he could contribute.

In 22 games, Holiday has been a seamless fit on the court with the Bucks by averaging 16.2 points on .498/.383/.821 shooting splits, 4.9 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 1.9 steals per game. Between the scoring, floor spacing, playmaking, defense, and everything else, Jrue has certainly quieted those discussions involving how much the Bucks coughed up to get him.

The Bucks are unquestionably a more formidable team overall when Jrue Holiday is running the point, and he has proven that early on.