Milwaukee Bucks: Ranking every player on the 2021-22 roster

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Ranking the 2021-22 Milwaukee Bucks — No. 11: Rodney Hood

When healthy, there is no doubt that Rodney Hood could be higher on this list ranking the Bucks’ best players. However, he has not been healthy over the past two years, being limited to just 76 games due to a barrage of injuries, most notably a torn Achillies. Trying to find his footing after that injury, Hood had the least productive season of his career in 2020-21. That led to him signing what is essentially a “prove it” deal with the Bucks for the minimum.

If Hood can bounce back and prove he is back to full strength or close to it, he will be a staple in Milwaukee’s rotation. The veteran has proven to be a prolific scorer throughout his career, and he could provide the team with a second-unit scorer and shooter to bolster their attack further. As of right now, his health bogs down his rating here, but it is certainly subject to change. An offseason to recover has hopefully worked wonders for the 28-year-old as he could have several good years left in him.

Ranking the 2021-22 Milwaukee Bucks — No. 10: Semi Ojeleye

The Bucks take pride in how they play defensively, which should help newcomer Semi Ojelye fit in with the team straight away. He was another minimum signing made by the Bucks, and while many glossed over the move initially, it has the potential to pay immediate dividends if he can live up to the billing. With P.J. Tucker leaving in free agency, Ojeleye will have some big shoes to fill on the defensive end as he will be tasked with filling that void.

Ojeleye’s defensive stature should make him an immediate contributor from day one, but it will be interesting to see how his offense translates with the team. While he has never been a top-notch scorer by averaging just 3.5 points for his career, the forward has improved his shooting over the past two seasons by knocking down 37.2 percent of his 3-point attempts. If he can continue to shoot the ball with that type of efficiency in Milwaukee, he should fit right in.