Dream ceiling for Milwaukee Bucks’ Drew Timme – Early Brook Lopez
The dream scenario is that Timme can capitalize on the near-elite game he showed throughout his four years at Gonzaga and continue to grow into a star-level player in the NBA despite his offensive deficiencies. Fortunately for him, his dream scenario is also his teammate on the Milwaukee Bucks.
Brook Lopez was drafted by the New Jersey Nets with the 10th overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft. He was a traditional center who was known for his size, shooting ability, and passing skills. He averaged 13 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game in his rookie season.
In terms of play style, the Brook Lopez we know today is more of a perimeter-oriented big man who uses his shooting ability to stretch the floor and create space for his teammates. He is also a good passer and can make plays from the high post. But once upon a time, Lopez was primarily a skilled post-scorer who could score with either hand. He had a variety of moves, including turnaround jumpers, hook shots, and drop steps. He was also a good passer out of the post, which allowed him to create opportunities for his teammates.
Timme, on the other hand, is also more of a traditional post scorer who uses his size and strength to score inside. He is also a good rebounder and defender.
Past Lopez, Timme can also look to model his game after the league’s remaining traditional big men like Nikola Vucevic, Domantas Sabonis, and even Kevin Love, who all share similar body types with him.
Vucevic is a skilled big man who can score inside and out. He’s not a great defender, but he’s a good rebounder and passer. Timme is similar to Vucevic in terms of his offensive skillset, as the two are excellent at using their stout frames to get good positioning in the low post. He’s a good scorer in the post and can also stretch the floor with his 3-point shooting. However, Timme is not as good of a defender as Vucevic.
Vucevic is a more traditional center who is known for his passing and shooting ability. He is a good rebounder and can also defend multiple positions.
Timme, on the other hand, is a more physical power forward who is an excellent post-scorer. He is also a good rebounder and defender.
Sabonis is another skilled big man who can score both in the interior and out on the perimeter. He’s also a good rebounder and passer and has grown into an excellent high-post playmaker throughout his tenure with the Sacramento Kings as of late. Timme is similar to Sabonis in terms of his versatility, as he can play both the power forward and center positions, and he can score from all over the court. However, Timme is not as good of a defender as Sabonis and, again, cannot shoot the three-ball all that well.
Kevin Love is also a versatile big man who can score from all over the court, rebound, and pass while also being an extremely capable interior defender despite his relative lack of agility compared to other players in his position.
However, these are all lofty comparisons, and it’s extremely unlikely that Timme will reach the level of these celebrated big men any time soon.
In this ideal scenario, Timme could learn to play more off the ball and become a catch-and-shoot threat from 3-point range. The Bucks have a number of guards who can create shots for others, and Timme could benefit from playing alongside them. By this point, he’ll have become a more versatile defender and guard multiple positions.
The thing is, the road here is murky at best. The one thing tying all these names together is that they’re accomplished “traditional” big men who have learned to integrate floor-spacing into their offensive arsenals and who have become much more complete players in the association.
We’ve yet to see the potential to do so from Timme, which is why the next few comparisons might make much more sense when attempting to project his career projections.