Realistic comparison for Bucks’ Chris Livingston – Justise Winslow
Chris Livingston has also been compared by Draft Kings to Justise Winslow. Livingston and robust point forwards like Winslow are very similar players in terms of their size and athleticism. They are both capable of playing multiple positions, and they both have good defensive instincts. However, there are some key differences between the two players.
The key difference here is that Livingston, as it currently stands, is a more natural scorer than Winslow and has not been shown to have any of the lingering injury issues just yet. He’s healthier, has a better jumper, and he is more likely to take and make shots from beyond the arc. Winslow, on the other hand, is a better playmaker. He is a better passer and rebounder, and he is more likely to create shots for his teammates.
Given his age, play in college, and overall placing in this year’s draft, the realistic short-term scenario for Chris Livingston this season is a solid backup point forward who can provide scoring, playmaking, and defense off the bench. Think budget Draymond Green in this scenario, where most of his shot diet will come off smart cuts and rim-running, while he will very rarely take jump shots even when defenses dare him to do so.
In the long term, Livingston has the physical tools to become a solid backup point forward in this league, averaging around the ballpark of 8 points, 3 assists, and 2 rebounds per game with a shot diet of rim-running, shots at close range, and the occasional spot-ups while providing stout defense on the other end. In this scenario, he provides valuable depth and experience to the Bucks’ roster and is a reliable contributor off the bench.