One of the Milwaukee Bucks’ off-season acquisitions was that of guard Malik Beasley on a one-year deal worth $2.8 million. Does the sniper fill the Bucks’ shooting void off the bench?
Age: 26 (Birthday is November 26)
Position: Shooting Guard
2023-24 Salary: $2.8 million
NBA Experience: Seven Years
Last Season’s Stats: 12.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.1 blocks, 39.5 percent field goal shooting, 35.7 percent 3-point shooting, 76.9 percent free throw shooting in 25.8 minutes.
Bucks 2023-24 player profile: Does Malik Beasley fill the shooting void?
The Bucks were only going to make small moves in free agency due to the lack of money available. However, this contract for Beasley is an absolute steal, and he can be a real asset as they look to go win another championship.
At 26, he is now heading into his prime having built up experience in Denver, Minnesota, and then spending last season in Utah and then with the Los Angeles Lakers. With coach Adrian Griffin looking to make the roster younger, Beasley fits right into that plan and is on a very team-friendly contract.
The only slight problem for Beasley is that there is an abundance of two-guards and wings on the Bucks roster. He is battling with Grayson Allen, Pat Connaughton, A.J. Green, and Andre Jackson Jr. for minutes. With his experience and performances last season, he shouldn’t see this as an issue and will see plenty of time on the court. Early on, Griffin may try a number of lineups featuring various players at the two position.
Beasley should fit in easily when he comes into the game. A shooter like him will fit in well with Giannis Antetokounmpo, as the spacing he creates can only be of benefit to the Bucks, and he is also a solid defender. Last season he hit the most 3-pointers off the bench with 159, per Stat Muse. Joe Ingles was the Bucks’ highest last season with just 83, so that is a huge addition for Milwaukee.
In the playoffs last season, the Bucks struggled with their shooting off the bench, and adding Beasley to that alongside the likes of Bobby Portis and Connaughton means they will have a sniper alongside some competent shooters. Beasley can play a serious part in both the regular season success and then in the postseason for Milwaukee.
Beasley can have a huge impact on the Bucks and could be a big part of deciding if they lift the Larry O’Brien trophy next year or not. He will fit nicely into the rotation, fits the plan for the roster, and could move into the starting lineup should he impress early on.
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