3 Takeaways from Milwaukee Bucks Summer League win over the T-wolves

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Milwaukee Bucks: Sandro Mamukelashvili, Lindell Wigginton; Cleveland Cavaliers: Cedi Osman
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Takeaways From the Milwaukee Bucks’ Summer League Win Over the Timberwolves: Mamu is HOOPING

When watching summer league games, there are always a few players who just look like they are too good to be playing there. Sandro Mamukelashvili is becoming one of those players. A good indication of this is how many and-ones he has converted over the past few games. Consistently finishing through contact and getting to the line is a good indication that you are bigger and more skilled than your opponent, and that is exactly what Mamu is doing.

Even more importantly, Mamu is knocking down shots. Shooting is a make or break skill in the modern NBA for most fringe role players like Mamu, and his lack of consistency from range has been a major question mark in his developmental potential. This summer, his jumper looks a lot cleaner, and he has converted at a decent clip.

The summer league is an entirely different game than the NBA, but if he can knock down shots in the NBA, the Bucks could have a serious rotation player on their hands. Unfortunately, his defense still looks worse than bad, and I cannot for the life of me figure out what you’re supposed to do with him on that end. He can’t play drop, he can’t play at the level, he can’t switch onto the perimeter, he can’t navigate screens, he isn’t a rim protector, and so on. Hopefully, some more time around Giannis and the Bucks will help him improve his defensive abilities.