Milwaukee Bucks: Making sense of the current logjam at the wing position

Apr 17, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
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Milwaukee Bucks: Thanasis Antetokounmpo, New York Knicks: Derrick Rose
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Even once you’ve gotten through all the wings so far, all this depends on the pending return of yet another wing in Thanasis Antetokounmpo, whose importance to this Bucks team has long been overlooked.

To put it bluntly, Thanasis has never been a particularly skilled basketball player.

However, his barrel-chested grit and determination on the court have come close to canceling out that dearth time and time again. He’s an explosive ball of energy who’s able to make winning plays when he’s on the floor, especially on the defensive end. There’s a reason he got minutes over an excellent 3-and-D wing like Torrey Craig, after all. While he showed some promise, it was a limited sample size and his inability to consistently defend without fouling that eventually limited his playing time toward the end of the season.

Though his playoff minutes were severely restricted, it was clear he had grown into an NBA-calibre role player in the past year. More than his basketball contributions, Thanasis’ locker room presence, particularly as Giannis’ older brother, also makes him a valuable asset to the team’s front office regardless of his offensive deficiencies.

No matter how Budenholzer decides to address the minutes situation at the wing, it’s clear that Horst has done his part in attempting to improve the existing roster.

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The Bucks options at the wing position are aplenty, and it will be interesting to see who ends up with consistent minutes in the end.