Even as the enter the final week of the 2020-21 season, the Milwaukee Bucks still remain focused on tinkering their roster after a year full of making moves.
While we wait for official confirmation from the team themselves, Elijah Bryant has signed a two-year deal with the Bucks that reportedly sees them waiving forward Rodions Kurucs in a corresponding move.
Bryant finally comes to Milwaukee after plenty of interest from the Bucks’ side for several months and perhaps even dating back to the time that the 26-year-old suited up for Milwaukee in their last Summer League run in Las Vegas.
Now while time is short on Bryant making any sort of impact for the Bucks this season, the opportunity is certainly there for Bryant to carve out a role next season after having started off his professional playing overseas in Israel over the last three years.
So without further ado, let’s explore what all Elijah Bryant now brings to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Elijah Bryant brings plenty of shooting to the Milwaukee Bucks
As Bucks fans are well aware of, even in the limited time that he previously donned a Bucks uniform, Bryant brings the kind of sharpshooting Milwaukee is always looking for. For frame of reference, Bryant averaged 14.2 points on 18-for-34 shooting from the field (52.9 percent), 6-for-12 from deep, 4 rebounds and 3.2 assists in his four Summer League appearances with the Bucks.
Between his time playing for Hapoel Eilat and Maccabi Tel Aviv, Bryant shot 164-for-448 (36.6 percent) across all competitions over the last three seasons in Israel. That number comes on a 38.5 3-point attempt rate as well, which reinforces just how willing Bryant is in letting fly from that range.
Of course, those numbers need a little context due to shorter 3-point line that exists in international basketball. There obviously will be an adjustment period of some sort for Bryant as he gets used to shooting from NBA range, among everything else that is in need of adjusting to in such a transition.
Luckily, though, Bryant bring plenty of dynamic shooting skills as he’s equally capable of rising and firing off the dribble as he is from shooting at a standstill. Given the system that the Bucks have deployed under head coach Mike Budenholzer, Bryant will have plenty of freedom and opportunities to showcase his shooting if given a role.