Bucks 2023-24 Player Profile: Can Grayson Allen prove doubters wrong?

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - OCTOBER 28 (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - OCTOBER 28 (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images) /

For the third consecutive season, Grayson Allen will wear a new digit for the Milwaukee Bucks, switching to No. 3, which he wore in college and with the Memphis Grizzlies.

New year, new number, new Allen?

Age: 27 (Birthday is October 8)

Position: Shooting Guard

2023-24 Salary: $8.5 million

NBA Experience: Five Years

Last Season’s Stats: 10.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.2 blocks, 44 percent field goal shooting, 39.9 percent 3-point shooting, 90.5 percent free throw shooting, 27.4 minutes.

Bucks 2023-24 Player Profile: Can Grayson Allen prove doubters wrong?

Throughout his first two years with the Milwaukee Bucks, Grayson Allen’s numbers have actually been pretty solid. While he’s put up some of the best numbers of his career in the regular season, the playoffs have been a different story. In 2022, he ranged from great to outright abysmal, mainly the latter in round two. In 2023, he was pretty pedestrian against the Miami Heat.

Following another playoff run where he wasn’t much of a contributor, fans have been calling for a trade involving Allen. The guard has indeed been mentioned in his fair share of rumors dating back to last off-season, and he remains the likeliest Buck to be traded. However, at least for now, he is likely to start the season with the Bucks.

Though there is a new coach in town, Allen will likely start for the Bucks at shooting guard again. No matter how well he plays during the regular season, fans will not be moved until they see Allen do it in the NBA Playoffs if he is still on the team at that point. It’s hard to gauge what Allen’s year may look like, as there’s no telling how long he’ll be on the team.

As long as he’s in town, Allen will be tasked with providing outside shooting, passing, and passable play on the defensive end. Without a clear-cut backup point guard, Allen could perhaps see more responsibilities as a ball-handling, something he did more than ever last season. That could make him an incredibly important piece as the Bucks roll into the year with no backup point guard.

In short, Allen’s name is bound to be featured in trade rumors once again this season, but as long as he’s a Buck, he can be a nice contributor. Yet, the ultimate test will be doing it in the playoffs.

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