Milwaukee Bucks: 3 ways the reigning champs improved this offseason

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Milwaukee Bucks, George Hill
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The Milwaukee Bucks got better by adding more shooting this offseason

It is no secret that the Bucks have emphasized letting it fly from behind the arc with no hesitation since Mike Budenholzer took over as head coach.

As important as shooting has been for this team, they could not buy a basket from the perimeter throughout this playoff run. They shot just 32.1 percent throughout 23 games, which is among the lowest percentages by a title-winning team in league history. Despite winning the championship, it was clear that the front office would be looking to add some perimeter shooting in free agency while scouring the trade market for some potential candidates as well. Thus far, they have done a rather solid job.

Circling back to Hill, the guard led the league in 3-point percentage during the 2019-20 season by hitting an incredible 46 percent of his triples. He will give the team a reliable shooter off the bench alongside other newcomers Semi Ojeleye and Rodney Hood, who also have a knack for shooting the long ball. Ojeleye has been a serviceable outside shooter over the past two seasons by hitting 37.2 percent of his triples, while Hood has consistently been a reliable outside threat by shooting 36.7 percent on threes for his career.

Another key addition that should help shore up Milwaukee’s shooting is Grayson Allen. The Bucks acquired Allen in a surprise deal with the Memphis Grizzlies last week that included Sam Merrill and two future second round picks. The 25-year-old might not be pegged as the most outstanding shooter, but he has been impactful throughout his career by hitting 38.1 percent of his triples in his first three years. While the debate is still ongoing as to whether or not Allen could start in the shooting guard slot, he could bolster this bench further if he is given a second unit role.

With the Bucks losing Bryn Forbes, who shot a career-high 45.2 percent from deep during the regular season, to the San Antonio Spurs, it was clear that they would need to fill his place. The front office has done a commendable job in that regard thus far by adding several pieces that should be complementary shooters in the starting lineup or off the bench.