3 takeaways from Milwaukee Bucks’ preseason loss to the Bulls

Apr 22, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
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Milwaukee Bucks: Jevon Carter, Chicago Bulls: Alex Caruso, DeMar DeRozan
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The Milwaukee Bucks are almost done with their 2022 preseason. They played the first leg on Tuesday night against the Bulls, a 127-104 loss. The team will finish the back-to-back on Wednesday to conclude preseason action.

The Bucks have struggled so far this preseason, starting 0-4. What’s good is that it’s only the preseason and the struggles likely mean nothing. Although the wins and losses might not be significant at this time of the year, there are still some things we can take away following Tuesday’s game against Chicago.

Jevon Carter is determined to be a key contributor for the Milwaukee Bucks in 2022-2023

There may not be much to cheer about this preseason for the Bucks, but one of the lone bright spots has been the emergence of Jevon Carter. After showing glimpses of what he could be in limited playing time last season, Carter has come back this season and given Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer and his staff no choice but to give him a prominent role on the team.

The question for Carter was always whether or not he would be able to duplicate the offensive production he had for Milwaukee a season ago. Carter has brought his sharp outside shooting with him into the preseason, shooting 3-8 from three tonight and 9-17 in the preseason.

Carter’s contributions as a scorer and playmaker on offense, combined with his stellar defensive play, make it impossible to justify giving George Hill minutes over him this year. Last season, Budenholzer and his staff decided to go with Hill because of what he brought as a veteran. With how Carter has played this preseason, it’s time to let him loose as a big part of the team’s rotation.