Ranking 10 worst starters of the Giannis Antetokounmpo era

Milwaukee Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Milwaukee Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports /
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Milwaukee Bucks, Miles Plumlee. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports /

3. Miles Plumlee

Plumlee was a first-round pick in 2012 and came to Milwaukee in a three-team trade in 2015. The 6’11 big man was on his third team in three years but showed flashes with the Suns as he was primarily their starter at the five.

His strong rebounding and rim protection made him an intriguing option, but Plumlee barely played after arriving in Milwaukee. He averaged just 9.9 minutes per game and was not the preferred option. He averaged 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in 14.3 minutes each night in his first full season with the Bucks but left plenty to be desired.

The cap spiked in 2016, and every team had money to spend. Multiple teams overpaid for talent, but the Bucks giving Plumlee a four-year deal worth $52 million was unjustifiable. Plumlee had never played more than 25 minutes per game for an entire season and did not space the floor. The Bucks needed a stretch five next to Giannis Antetokounmpo but instead overpaid for Plumlee.

The marriage did not last long. Plumlee played fewer than ten minutes per game over 32 contests before being traded to Charlotte. He was dealt twice more before his contract came off the books.

Miles Plumlee made 26 starts and $50-plus million from the Milwaukee Bucks. Neither should have happened and both were regrettable.