The Milwaukee Bucks have built a strong roster by surrounding star players such as Giannis Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard and Khris Middleton with capable role players.
Between the addition of players like Jae Crowder and Malik Beasley, the Milwaukee Bucks have carefully picked pieces that will complement the style of play of their star pieces. There are some role players who are vital to the Bucks’ success and others who might not have as significant of an impact on the team’s play. However, these five role players could play the biggest part in ultimately pushing the Milwaukee Bucks through a playoff run and capturing another title.
Most important role players for the Milwaukee Bucks: Andre Jackson Jr.
The Milwaukee Bucks’ second round pick in this year’s draft could make a huge splash this year as a reserve. His numbers scoring-wise won’t be that impactful, considering he was a career six-points-per-game guy for UConn. However, it wasn’t the scoring that separated him from other players but his ability as a passer. Though the Bucks just filled up their backup point guard slot, Jackson could still handle the ball.
With a career average of 3.5 assists per game for the Huskies in college, he’s no stranger to having to orchestrate the offense and getting guys into places to succeed. He also played with great scorers in college, like Jordan Hawkins and R.J. Cole, which gives him a one-up on being able to distribute to guys like Giannis and Lillard.
Jackson will also serve as an asset defensively, with his long 6-foot-6 frame and being able to match up with bigger guards. With the struggles we have seen the Milwaukee Bucks have matching up with larger guards, i.e. the playoffs this year with Jimmy Butler, Jackson can come in and be the sizable defender the Milwaukee Bucks need when trying to slow down opposing guards.
The one area where he will have to try and improve and really take a big leap forward is scoring. He averaged just under seven points per game in each of his last two years in college, but with him not being the focal point to score in the offense at UConn, Jackson Jr.’s numbers this year, scoring-wise, won’t be jaw-dropping. There is room for him to grow. With him being 21 years old and having played three years in college, he brings plenty of playing experience to the NBA.
Look to see Andre Jackson Jr. solve a lot of the Milwaukee Bucks’ reserve guard issues.