Milwaukee Bucks: Analyzing the updated 2021-22 small forward rotation

Jul 11, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Milwaukee Bucks: Pat Connaughton
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Pat Connaughton will look to continue bringing a spark off the bench at small forward for the Milwaukee Bucks

Connaughton, one of Milwaukee’s most versatile players, proved his worth in every aspect in securing a title.

Connaughton provided 3-point shooting in the NBA Finals that was crucial to giving the Bucks their first title in 50 years. He has provided productive seasons in his three-year tenure with Milwaukee. Last season, Connaughton averaged seven points, five rebounds, and one assist. However, his stat sheet doesn’t show his true value. Connaughton’s intensity and hustle on both ends are some of the main draws. While the swingman doesn’t provide spectacular shooting on a nightly basis, he makes up for it in his hustle in diving for loose balls and fighting for rebounds. Connaughton’s scrappiness allows him to be a playmaker in Milwaukee’s second unit.

Shifting to next season, Connaughton’s intensity will be needed once again. Pat has been a reliable option in the second unit. His ability to shoot is not always there, but his ability to space the floor and be in two places at once, so to speak, is key to Milwaukee’s play. As Connaughton looks to bring another productive season, he will be surrounded with talent in the second unit, allowing him to be a playmaker once again.

Connaughton’s versatility allows coach Mike Budenholzer to test new lineups. Wherever Connaughton is placed, his effort won’t waver, and he will contribute in every aspect. Keep an eye on the swingman as his spark off the bench will be beneficial to Milwaukee defending its title.