Milwaukee Bucks: 3 biggest questions leading up to 2021-22 training camp

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It is still surreal to think that the Milwaukee Bucks will enter the 2021-22 NBA season as the defending world champions.

The feeling genuinely has still not set in for many people, and it likely will not until the team hoists their championship banner and receives their rings on opening night in October. Yes, the NBA will already be back next month after it seems like last season just ended recently, which is true to an extent as the league condensed the offseason as they will attempt to return to a normal 82-game regular season slate.

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With next season rapidly approaching, that means training camp is set to begin soon for the Bucks, and it should surely be an interesting one with a handful of fresh faces in the fold following a tremendously busy – and successful – offseason.

Training camp is always great because it helps give insight with some of the new players and the returning ones, and they all should have something to say following the title-winning season.

While there will be much less anxiety in anticipation of this coming season than there was entering last year, there are still some uncertainties surrounding the team that could become problematic. With that being said, here are three questions revolving around the Bucks in the days before training camp.

Question No. 1 – How healthy are the Milwaukee Bucks leading up to 2021-22 training camp?

Thankfully, the Bucks managed to stay relatively healthy last season, although there is still some uncertainty surrounding one of their starters heading into the camp.

That would be Donte DiVincenzo, the promising 24-year-old guard who started in all 69 games he played for the Bucks in the regular season and playoffs last season. The Big Ragu would go down in Game 3 of Milwaukee’s first round matchup with the Miami Heat in the playoffs after tearing a ligament in his ankle. He would miss the final three rounds of the postseason after undergoing a standard procedure, but a timetable has not been given for his potential return leading up to the new season in 2021-22.

The Bucks would obviously like to have the guard back in the mix, but if he is not healthy, they will certainly not rush him. After all, this is the second season-ending injury that DiVincenzo has had in his first three seasons, and they want him back to full strength to avoid more issues. On the bright side, the team recently posted a series of images of Bucks working out at the facility, and indeed, DiVincenzo was present, smiling from ear to ear. Hopefully recovery has treated him well, and he will not be hampered too drastically in the coming weeks. Only time will tell just how healthy the guard will be by opening night.

Another player that will be coming off some injury woes is Rodney Hood, who the team brought aboard in free agency on a one-year deal worth the minimum. Hood has been just decimated by countless injuries over the past two seasons, including a torn Achilles, a fractured hand, and a hip injury, which has hindered his production drastically. Hood’s success with the Bucks will ultimately hinge on his health, and if he is ready, he could be a key contributor off the bench from day one.