Milwaukee Bucks: 3 intriguing lineup combinations worth testing in 2021-22

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Milwaukee Bucks: Pat Connaughton, Donte DiVincenzo, Kyle Korver
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Milwaukee Bucks fans should be intrigued by a Grayson Allen, Pat Connaughton, and Donte DiVincenzo lineup combination

While there has been some controversy surrounding the logjam that the Bucks currently have at shooting guard, it could be interesting to roll several candidates all out at once. From a basketball perspective, a lineup with Grayson Allen, Pat Connaughton, and Donte DiVincenzo could actually be interesting once a couple of things break right.

Most importantly, the Bucks need DiVincenzo back healthy and playing at the level he was during stretches of the regular season when he was hitting his threes with consistency and confidence. He’s the best player of this three-man group and if he’s not healthy and playing his best, this group won’t be as effective. That being said, the reason I think this group could be so fun is that they’re all basically the same person from an athletic profile. I mean, it’s almost a bit scary how similar they are.

From an on court skillset perspective, these three are generally able to guard multiple positions pretty effectively. Allen can handle combo guards and most wings, DiVincenzo can defend most wings and all guards, while Connaughton has shown the ability to guard players much bigger than him to the point where Budenholzer plays him as a power forward at times. They also all take a lot of gambles on defense for steals, deflections, and blocks. Tell me it wouldn’t be incredibly entertaining to watch these athletic dudes running around on defense trying to get into every passing lane.

Which two players that could join this three-man group is also an interesting question. DiVincenzo isn’t the most reliable primary ball-handler, so someone like Middleton would be helpful to take the pressure off from that point. Also to add a consistent shooter and someone to create their own offense who can also pass and defend multiple positions as well. Holiday would also be a fun option, especially defensively, but we’ll go with Middleton to maximize shooting.

Then as a big, it’s easy to say Antetokounmpo, but the more fun option would be Portis. He should an improved ability as a switchable big man near the end of the championship run, so he could hold his own on defense. And then it’s another consistent shooter that could open up more space and also crash the offensive glass with DiVincenzo and Connaughton. Who knows if we’ll actually see this group but if we do, I think it could be a very fun experience for all involved.