3 backup point guards the Milwaukee Bucks could target this offseason

Apr 22, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
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Tennessee Volunteers: Kennedy Chandler
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The Milwaukee Bucks could target Kennedy Chandler in the 2022 NBA Draft

For the first time in a long time, the Milwaukee Bucks are set to have a first round pick, and they could look to put it to good use by potentially drafting a young backup point guard.

Among the options in this star-studded class, the recurring name that continues to be attached to the Bucks in mock drafts is Kennedy Chandler. The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor has the Bucks picking Chandler with the 24th pick in his latest mock, and he makes a compelling case for them to make that a reality, highlighting the guard’s ball-handling and playmaking. These were two major issues that plagued the Bucks in the playoffs once Khris Middleton went down, as they could not rely too heavily on Hill to take on much of the workload. Adding someone like Chandler could help alleviate those concerns and prevent them from resurfacing down the line.

In addition to just simply being a solid backup point guard, Chandler checks off several boxes that suggest he would be a perfect fit with the Milwaukee Bucks. During his lone collegiate season as a member of the Tennesee Volunteers, Chandler shot a reputable 38.3 percent from 3-point land on 3.8 attempts per contest, which is something that should captivate the Bucks, given their reliance on that particular shot. As noted by O’Connor, the guard is also a pest on the defensive side of the basketball, having averaged 2.2 steals per game with the Volunteers last season. Youth is also an important factor for the Bucks this offseason as they need to add some long-term building blocks rather than constantly rely too heavily on seasoned veterans. At 19-years-old, Chandler fits that description, and he would be able to learn from one of the best in the business in Jrue Holiday.

If the Milwaukee Bucks ultimately do keep their 2022 first rounder, selecting Chandler to give the franchise a long-term option at the backup point guard position would not be a bad move.