3 Biggest Milwaukee Bucks’ breakout candidates for 2023-24 NBA season

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Andre Jackson Jr. is a breakout candidate for the Milwaukee Bucks

When was the last time the Milwaukee Bucks got legitimate production from a rookie? It’s been an extremely long time, but that could change this coming season with Andre Jackson Jr. Having liked what they saw, the Bucks traded up to select Jackson in the second round of the 2023 NBA Draft, and the rookie is expected to see some meaningful minutes.

Jackson’s facilitating and defense are two reasons why he could see legitimate playing time for the Bucks. Milwaukee currently does not have a backup ball-handler behind Jrue Holiday, so the Bucks may lean on Jackson to play that role to some degree, which he did well in college. Elsewhere, the team would be wise to utilize a 6-foot-6 wing defensively to matchup up vs. taller opponents.

If he plays somewhere around 15 minutes per game, Jackson could undeniably make an impact for the Milwaukee Bucks nightly. While there will be growing pains with Jackson’s scoring output, as it was not one of his strengths at the collegiate level, he could stuff the stat sheet assist-wise while also making his presence felt constantly on the defensive end.

Could Jackson potentially make his way onto an All-Rookie team by the season’s end? He’ll face some stiff competition, but anything is certainly possible in today’s NBA.