Milwaukee Bucks: Assessing what needs midseason additions cover

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Milwaukee Bucks: Pat Connaughton, Bobby Portis, Boston Celtics: Jeff Teague
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What Jeff Teague are the Milwaukee Bucks getting down the stretch run?

Following their splash to bring in Tucker, the Bucks sat on the sidelines for the remainder of the trade deadline. Yet their hole at the point guard position behind Jrue Holiday still remained, especially after dealing away D.J. Augustin as part of the Tucker trade.

Monday afternoon brought about the first buyout addition the Bucks are reportedly making as they’ve reportedly picked up veteran guard Jeff Teague to fill such a spot.

Fresh off his short-lived stint with the Boston Celtics that came to an end at the deadline where he was dealt to the Orlando Magic as part of the Evan Fournier trade, Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer is certainly familiar with Teague’s exploits. Teague previously played under Budenholzer from 2013 to 2016 during their shared time with the Atlanta Hawks.

Since departing Atlanta and Budenholzer nearly five years ago, Teague has been on a slow and steady decline and has since transitioned into a reserve role. In that vein, the hallmarks of Teague’s play, whether it was blazing burst and occasional bounce he displayed at the basket, has equally declined as Teague has entered the latter stage of his NBA career.

However, where Teague isn’t the same level of paint attacker as he used to be, as evidenced by his 39.4 2-point percentage this season, the 32-year-old has expanded his shooting prowess. While a small sample size, Teague has shot 26-for-56 from three this season, good for 46.4 percent.

Teague won’t be asked much to do beyond organizing the Bucks’ offense, hitting 3-point looks off the catch and putting in disruptive defense over his spot minutes behind Holiday. Whether he can do that an adequate level remains to be seen and easing the burden of Holiday, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton is paramount for the Bucks’ offense at this stage.