Grading the Milwaukee Bucks’ under the radar signing of Rayjon Tucker

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Milwaukee Bucks: Rayjon Tucker
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Assessing Rayjon Tucker’s fit and role with the Milwaukee Bucks

If we’re being honest, Rayjon Tucker likely won’t have too big of a role with the Milwaukee Bucks, whether he’s on the team next year or not.

I don’t mean that as any kind of disrespect to Tucker or his ability, it’s more about the rest of the roster.

However, I will say, Tucker being a guard does improve his chances of sticking around next season if he can impress at Summer League and in training camp. I’ve written about how the future of the backup point guard position is somewhat in flux for the team going into the offseason.

George Hill will be 36, Jevon Carter isn’t under contract, Luca VIldoza is unproven, and Lindell Wigginton also is without a contract for next season. They don’t have a ton of options for upgrading the roster and that position in particular, so having a guy who can handle the ball like Tucker is yet another option.

Tucker, though, is more of a score-first type of guard than a traditional point guard like Hill or Carter. This season with the Herd, he’s averaging over 20 points on 68.5 percent true shooting. He’s never been much of a threat from behind the arc (32.3 percent career 3-point shooter on over five attempts per game) but has shot nearly 66 percent on 2-point attempts this season, which is pretty bonkers for a 6’3″ guard.

He’s averaged 3.4 assists in his G League career with around four per game the last two seasons. Another new development for Tucker is that he’s grabbed over eight rebounds per game this season, easily a career-high for him.

He hasn’t been able to stick in the NBA yet, but I like his skill set and the uncertain nature of the Bucks’ guard depth next season could give the 24-year-old a chance to crack the roster.