Milwaukee Bucks: 3 newcomers to be excited about in 2021-22 season

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And just like that, the Milwaukee Bucks are back in action after a shortened offseason.

With the team having had their regularly scheduled Media Day on Monday, owners, coaches, and players all took questions from reporters as the franchise gears up for a title defense in 2021-22. It was certainly an interesting segment from everyone involved, but something that stood out was from the players that were not with the championship-winning team last year. It was mostly the players discussing how they believe they will fit in and contribute to the team-wide goals, and several of the newcomers are set to have a role from the moment they take the court. With camp now underway, here are three new Bucks to be excited about in 2021-22.

The Milwaukee Bucks should be excited about Semi Ojeleye in 2021-22

Semi Ojeleye was among Milwaukee’s quieter signings this past offseason, but Bucks fans have been intrigued with the fourth-year forward due to his hulking stature. Standing at 6-foot-6 and weighing 240 pounds, Ojeleye is indeed a massive player, and he looked noticeably sculpted as he took the stage during Media Day on Monday. He made a strong first impression with the media as he discussed why he believed Milwaukee was the place for him in free agency.

"“This offseason was just about going to where I had an opportunity and going to where I felt like the culture that they were building was something trending in the right direction. Obviously, they’re doing that here and I wanted to be a part of that.”"

For a team that is so defensive-oriented like the Bucks, Ojeleye should have no difficulty carving out a role for himself. The forward has utilized his strength to develop into a reputable defender, with Bucks fans everywhere remembering his battles with Giannis Antetokounmpo over the past few years. Having a player that can defend multiple positions at a high level ready for the call off the bench will be a luxury for head coach Mike Budenholzer throughout the season.

Of course, the immediate question with Ojeleye was whether or not he could be the team’s new P.J. Tucker. After playing fantastic defense throughout Milwaukee’s title run, the front office opted not to bring Tucker back, and Ojeleye will be tasked with filling the void. Time will tell if Ojeleye can successfully fill those big shoes, but fans should undoubtedly be excited to find out.