Milwaukee Bucks: 3 ways Jordan Nwora can crack the 2021-22 rotation

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Milwaukee Bucks: Jordan Nwora
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Jordan Nwora’s superb scoring potential could give him a role with the Milwaukee Bucks

Sticking with the theme of confidence, Nwora has proven in his short time with the Bucks that he can score the basketball with authority.

In the four regular season contests that he played over 20 minutes this year, Nwora scored more than 20 points in three of them. These were often games where the Bucks were without a large portion of their typical lineup for whatever reason, giving the rookie a chance to shine and catch some attention. Scoring the basketball is nothing new for Nwora, as he averaged 17.5 points per game during his final two collegiate seasons, but the question has always been whether or not he could translate it to an NBA level.

All eyes were on Nwora and that scoring potential as the Bucks kicked off 2021 Summer League Monday night in Las Vegas. There was no Summer League last season due to the pandemic, so this would be Nwora’s debut, and he certainly made a great first impression. He started off slow by scoring just two points in the first quarter, struggling to hit anything from the field. However, he would heat up in the second quarter and outscore the LA Clippers 17-13 by himself over the next 12 minutes. Nwora would finish the night with 30 points, eight rebounds, and six assists in the team’s thrilling 81-78 victory over LA.

While many will be quick to say not to overreact to one Summer League performance, Nwora’s potential has been there from the moment they drafted him. Everyone knows he can score the basketball with confidence, which could prompt him to see more time next season. The Bucks have retooled their bench with pieces like Rodney Hood and Semi Ojeleye while re-signing big man Bobby Portis, but they will be looking for someone to fill the scoring void left by Forbes. Nwora is someone who could slide into that role immediately and give the team some instant production.

Stringing together a few more promising showings in the Summer League could certainly bolster his case to be in the rotation further.