Milwaukee Bucks: Takeaways from interesting loss to Denver Nuggets

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Mamadi Diakite did a little bit of everything in the Milwaukee Bucks’ final Summer League game against the Denver Nuggets

Like the Bucks’ overall performance, it was a mixed bag in Diakite’s Summer League finale. He finished with nine points, six rebounds, one steal, and one block, but also had six turnovers.

It wasn’t the best performance for Diakite, especially with Nwora out and having the opportunity to take charge of the offense a bit more, but I still liked the overall process. Although credited for just the lone block, Diakite did a great job contesting shots as he has in all five games.

The turnovers were an issue (as they were for the entire team), but I did at least like that Diakite was getting chances to put the ball on the floor and actually try some things, which is really what Summer League is all about. I liked a lot of his ball movement today as well, I thought he made some good decisions with the ball.

We all know Diakite is a very skilled big, but it was nice to actually get to see him do some of the things we saw flashes of in the regular season last year. He’s still one of three centers (not including Giannis Antetokounmpo) on the roster and could see some spot minutes if he is able to show enough in training camp and preseason.

For the summer, Diakite posted 9.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.6 blocks per game playing in all five contests.

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The focus will now shift to training camp next month before getting to some preseason hoops, where the NBA champs will begin their title defense.