Which Milwaukee Bucks are new?
A few months ago, Milwaukee Bucks fans would not have believed some of the names on this list.
Of course, the biggest move was trading for superstar guard Damian Lillard, who will be playing on a team not in Portland for the first time in his career. Though media day has passed and Lillard has taken the podium in his new Bucks threads, it still does not feel completely real that he is a Buck. It likely won’t set in until that first pick and roll with Giannis Antetokounmpo.
While Lillard is the big fish, the Bucks also made some nice smaller moves, such as inking guard Malik Beasley to a one-year deal. With Grayson Allen now gone, Beasley, who made the most 3-pointers by a player off of the bench last season, has a chance to see significant time due to that outside shooting ability. On a minimum deal, he could prove to be a flat-out steal very quickly.
Along those same lines is Cameron Payne, the 29-year-old guard the Bucks recently signed to put the finishing touches on their roster. Payne gives Milwaukee a clear-cut backup point guard after it seemed like maybe they wouldn’t add one for much of the off-season. He will bring more scoring, shooting, facilitating, and experience to this bench brigade.
While those three are all experienced veterans, the Bucks also added more youth this off-season, bringing in Andre Jackson Jr., Chris Livingston, TyTy Washington, and Omari Moore. While the latter two likely won’t see prominent roles, Jackson and Livingston have legitimate chances to crack the rotation if they can provide strong enough wing defense. They could be tremendous pickups.