On Wednesday, the Milwaukee Bucks overcame an ugly start to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 87-75, bringing them to 2-1 in summer league action. This one looked like a slugfest for the most part, with both teams making life extremely difficult for the other on the defensive end. Nonetheless, the Bucks got it done, and it demonstrated the significant talent this roster has in Vegas. Speaking of which:
Takeaways From the Milwaukee Bucks’ Summer League Win Over the Timberwolves: This Team is Good
Although winning summer league games does not have any implications on the Milwaukee Bucks’ first team, it is still objectively fun to watch a Bucks team play good basketball and win games. It is not very likely that they win the whole thing this summer, but it is certainly more likely to happen this year than in past years. Past Bucks summer league teams have felt lifeless and suffered from a relative lack of talent. The same cannot be said for this iteration.
One of the biggest reasons for the Bucks’ success over the last few games is the shooting they’re getting up and down the roster. Yesterday, the Bucks shot a scorching 15-36 from beyond the arc. That is an excellent percentage on volume, and it did not feel like an outlier performance. Significantly, it was not just one guy hitting a bunch of shots, as five different players hit at least two threes. Having that many people with the ability to make the opposition pay puts a serious strain on the defense, and it opens up plays for the entire team.
Shooting can be fickle, so it can’t be confirmed that they will shoot like this for the rest of tournament. However, if they can maintain a decent percentage going forward, there is a good chance this team can make some serious noise.