Milwaukee Bucks: Analyzing 15-20 minute rotational players for 2021-22

Mar 27, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 27, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports /
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Milwaukee Bucks: Semi Ojeleye
Sep 27, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports /

With a retooled roster, the Milwaukee Bucks will see some new faces earn important rotational minutes during the 2021-22 season.

The starting roster is likely set in stone, but the rotation is not. While household players such as Bobby Portis, Pat Connaughton, and Grayson Allen will see a hefty workload similar to last year, there will be some contributors who will see less time, but nonetheless important time on the court. With that in mind, here are some players who could see about 15-20 rotational minutes in the coming season.

Semi Ojeleye could see around 15-20 rotational minutes in his first season with the Milwaukee Bucks

Semi Ojeleye, a new face in Milwaukee, is an intriguing player. The 26-year-old spent the first few years of his career with the Boston Celtics. Ojeleye found it difficult to carve out a consistent role in Boston. However, Ojeleye may have been placed in the perfect situation in Milwaukee.

With the departure of P.J. Tucker in the offseason, the Bucks were left without one of their stronger defenders. Tucker’s prowess on the defensive end was one of the keys to Milwaukee earning their first title in a half-century. However, with the addition of Ojeleye, Milwaukee may have found itself a replacement for Tucker. He has drawn comparisons to Tucker due to his build and strength. Both players stand at 6-feet-6 inches tall, and both have high defensive upside.

While Ojeleye has struggled to produce consistent numbers on the offensive end, he has the capability to work on his skills in a system such as Milwaukee’s. Ojeleye is certainly going to be a player that Bucks fans will keep their eyes on as he looks to fill the Tucker role. Ojeleye has averaged nearly 15 minutes per game in his career. If he is indeed the replacement for Tucker, it is likely he will see around 15-20 minutes per game in the 2021-22 season.

Ojeleye has large shoes to fill as he looks to be the replacement for one of Milwaukee’s most dominant defenders last season. Be sure to keep an eye on Ojeleye in his first season as he looks to carve out his role as a defensive specialist in his first season.