Should the Milwaukee Bucks start Grayson Allen or Malik Beasley? It’s Beasley
Yes, going against an experienced starter who has proven himself for two straight years seems ridiculous. But when that starter has a much lower scoring ceiling and is a hindrance defensively, it doesn’t do any good having him out there in the starting five. Defensively, they are both fairly comparable, so it’s a matter of picking your poison with them on that side of the ball. However, Allen does get lucky at times, gambling in the passing lanes, whereas Beasley is a mismatch waiting to happen for an opposing offense.
Allen’s experience in the lineup, without question, gives him an advantage over Beasley, but with a new head coach, that could also mean a new change in the lineup. Beasley is no stranger to being in the starting unit, so it wouldn’t be an adjustment for him to have to be in the lineup on a nightly basis. But where Beasley starts to separate himself from Allen is in his scoring ability.
With both players being very capable catch-and-shoot players and strong at getting in the paint, it’s obvious to see the offensive impact both of them will have. However, Allen has shown he reaches somewhat of a ceiling scoring-wise, as he typically has hovered around 10 points per game in his career. When it comes to Beasley, sure, his scoring totals are a little bit more sporadic, but he’s displayed an ability to score at a high level. By adding another 20-plus point per game player, or at least one that is capable of putting up those numbers, it would deepen the offensive threat that Milwaukee would possess.
Since they are both equal on the defensive end, it’ll be their offensive play that separates who will be starting and who will be coming off the bench. I think that Allen might begin the year as a starter, but I see Coach Griffin and the Milwaukee Bucks going in a totally different direction as the season progresses and deciding to insert Beasley into the starting five.
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