Milwaukee Bucks: Ranking every new acquisition during 2021 offseason

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Even with a truncated offseason, it still feels like there’s too long of a wait for the return of NBA basketball ahead of the 2021-22 season. The Milwaukee Bucks have seemingly finished adding significant pieces to their roster, but we’ll have to wait to see how they play out on the court.

All in all, the Bucks did well with limited flexibility and resources to improve what was a championship-winning roster, even if that meant having to let P.J. Tucker walk to a rival in the Miami Heat. 

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But where did general manager Jon Horst do his best work this offseason?

The Bucks have added four NBA-ready players to their roster this offseason. Each player brings something valuable to the rotation but also has a question mark surrounding them. That’s also not including bringing back “People’s Champ” Bobby Portis and ball-of-energy Thanasis Antetokounmpo.

There is a world where each player makes a contribution to the roster in a meaningful way this upcoming season, but which new player was the best addition? The Bucks are a deeper team because of these acquisitions, but they won’t all be hits. If they were, the Bucks would have a very easy chance to repeat.

So let’s rank each of the four new acquisitions and determine who was the best addition, where the best value was, and who has the best chance to be this year’s Bobby Portis.

Rodney Hood is the 4th best acquisition for the Milwaukee Bucks this offseason

Although he’s number four out of four, I do like the Rodney Hood signing for the Milwaukee Bucks, there are just some bigger questions surrounding him than there are for the other players the Bucks added.

The biggest question is obviously Hood’s health and whether he’ll be able to provide maximum value for the Bucks this season. He only has two seasons playing 70+ games in his career and suffered a devastating torn Achilles injury in December of 2019. It was an injury recovery that certainly hindered him last season as his production fell off a cliff.

Prior to the injury, Hood was having an incredible shooting year. In 21 games, he shot 49.3 percent from deep (3.4 attempts per game) and posted a 62.5 percent true shooting. It was easily Hood’s best year from an efficiency standpoint and it’s very sad that it was cut short due to injury.

Last season, Hood never seemed to find his shooting touch, going 30.1 percent from 3-point range (2.1 attempts) and ended up missing 11 games for the Toronto Raptors after the trade deadline.

Hood does bring some more offensive versatility than just 3-point shooting, as for a lot of his career he has been a relatively efficient midrange scorer as well. Being able to get your own shot in the midrange isn’t a skillset the Bucks haven’t had much of off the bench in recent years, so that’s an area where Hood can provide some utility.

It was a minimum salary signing so there isn’t much risk, but if Hood can’t find his rhythm from 3 again, then he’ll most likely be out of the rotation.