Bucks 2023-24 Player Profile: Can TyTy Washington earn legitimate time?

Mar 5, 2023; Houston, Texas, USA: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports
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After a turbulent off-season that saw him traded twice and cut once, TyTy Washington found a new home with the Milwaukee Bucks via a two-way deal.

One year removed from being selected in the first round of the 2022 NBA Draft, Washington now has a new opportunity in Milwaukee.

Age: 21 (Birthday is November 15)

Position: Point Guard

2023-24 Salary: Approx. $500K (Two-way)

NBA Experience: One Season

Last Season’s Stats: 4.7 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.1 blocks while shooting 36.3 percent from the floor, 23.8 percent from three, and 55.6 percent from the free throw line in 14 minutes per game (31 total appearances).

Bucks 2023-24 Player Profile: Can TyTy Washington earn legitimate time?

Above all else, TyTy Washington is a nice flyer for the Bucks. As mentioned, he was selected in the first round just over a year ago. Players under those circumstances are rarely available, so it was a wise move for Milwaukee to pick him up on an incredibly low-risk deal. The question now is what the Bucks can do to get the best out of Washington and unearth some of his potential.

Though he didn’t play a ton with the Houston Rockets last season, Washington oftentimes put on some good performances in the G-League. In eight regular season games, the guard averaged an eye-catching 26.6 points, 7.6 assists, and 1.7 steals per game. He’s got talent as both a scorer and facilitator, two things the Milwaukee Bucks need more of right now.

The fit with Washington and the Bucks is clear, as the team currently does not have a clear-cut backup point guard. Washington and Lindell Wigginton are the two closest things the Bucks have in terms of a traditional backup floor general. The Bucks could utilize Washington as a secondary ball handler when one of the primary ones needs a breather.

Although it wouldn’t be too surprising to see Washington see occasional minutes with the Bucks, he will likely spend most of his season in the G-League with the Wisconsin Herd. That will give him the chance to play a significant role on a team right away and continue his development. At 21, he is still young and has plenty of room to grow.

Who knows, depending on how Milwaukee’s roster looks later in the season, perhaps there could be a larger role for TyTy Washington. Out of all of Milwaukee’s two-way players, The Athletic NBA Draft expert Sam Vecenie (Subscription required) would bet on Washington being one of the likelier options to earn a standard deal at some point next season.

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