1. Defensive-minded wing
Damian Lillard is an upgrade over Jrue Holiday, but the former Buck is a superior defender. Holiday earned his third first-time All-Defensive honors last season and made his second All-Star appearance. The 6’5 guard is a pesky defender who often draws praise from opposing players as the best perimeter stopper in the NBA.
Lillard is a straight bucket but has defensive issues. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez make up the best backline in basketball, but the Bucks may struggle to defend on the perimeter.
Khris Middleton is a plus option, but Milwaukee does not want to wear him down by asking him to take on the opposition’s best scorer over the full 82-game regular season slate.
The Bucks should be searching for a perimeter stopper. Preferably someone who can handle minutes on the wing and knockdown 35-plus percent from 3-point range. Milwaukee’s avenues to acquire such a player are limited, but the Bucks will try everything possible.
The Milwaukee Bucks made a bold move by trading for Damian Lillard. They are primed to be in title contention again and are eager to get Giannis Antetokounmpo his second ring. How will Dame and the Greek Freak work? Can the front office find the last needed pieces to help them get over the mountain? Stay tuned to find out.