Bucks’ Summer League roster features talent that could help the team now

Jul 11, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
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The Milwaukee Bucks will officially kick off their NBA Summer League showing later today with a clash against the Denver Nuggets.

Fans have been extremely excited to watch Milwaukee, as the roster is beyond compelling, even if the former second pick and one-time Buck Jabari Parker had to back out due to a personal matter. The roster is still intriguing from top to bottom and features an assortment of players who could help the Milwaukee Bucks once the 2023-24 NBA season begins.

Bucks’ Summer League roster features talent that could help the team now

The two main names who could help the Bucks next season are MarJon Beauchamp and AJ Green, who are both second-year guys. Both are poised to see a larger role this coming season, so a nice showing in the Summer League would certainly give the Bucks some confidence. They will be the leaders of this young team, and it will be interesting to see how they lead the charge.

Andre Jackson Jr. and Chris Livingston, Milwaukee’s two second round draft picks from last month, will also be under a microscope here. The Bucks clearly think highly of Jackson, having traded up to select him in the 2023 NBA Draft. Many believe the versatile forward could be in the rotation next season, so it will be interesting to see how he performs in his first action of Bucks basketball. The same goes for Livingston, who could certainly boost his stock with an impressive showing.

After those four, the question marks begin to fly in, as there are a handful of players who have the potential to weave themselves into Milwaukee’s plans if they perform well.

Omari Moore leads the pack in that regard. The Bucks picked him up on a two-way deal following the draft, and he’s a fascinating player. The wing was a lethal scorer at San Jose State, and that is something the Bucks desperately need on their primary roster. Given that he’s on a two-way, he’s likely to get some action with Milwaukee next season, but a quality showing over these next few days could help expand his role.

Hugo Besson, Milwaukee’s second round pick from the 2022 NBA Draft, is also still looming in the background. The guard spent last season playing overseas, and while General Manager Jon Horst recently made it seem like Besson would not join the Bucks this coming season, his performance in Summer League could alter that. Like Moore, Besson’s strength comes from his scoring ability, which the Bucks need. If he puts points on the board in Summer League, the team could alter the plans they have in store for him.

The point guard position is also something worth monitoring closely. The Bucks still do not have a backup point guard on their primary roster, and with one open spot remaining, it would be wise to fill it by bringing one in. There are several candidates on the Summer League roster who could be worthy pieces to take a flyer on, including Lindell Wigginton, Iverson Molinar, Nico Mannion, and the undrafted Jazian Gortman. Of the bunch, Gortman may be the most intriguing, as the 20-year-old is a stout defensive guard who can also put points on the board. Ironically, NBA.com compared the guard to Jevon Carter, who the Milwaukee Bucks are looking to replace, leading up to the draft.

That’s not the entire roster, as key players such as Drew Timme, Tacko Fall, and Paris Bass were not even brought up. Nevertheless, this roster is loaded with talent, and it will be interesting to watch them play over the next few days, especially with Adrian Griffin coaching them. Depending on how they perform, some of these players could potentially earn a larger opportunity down the line for the Milwaukee Bucks.

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