No. 2 – Malik Beasley
Before the blockbuster acquisition of Damian Lillard, the most significant offseason move for the Milwaukee Bucks was the signing of Malik Beasley in free agency. Beasley brings the team another player to space the floor around Antetokounmpo.
For most of his career, he has been one of the best 3-point shooters off the bench in the NBA. Given the depth at his position, there wouldn’t be too much pressure on Beasley to continue that if he isn’t given the starting role.
With his recent comments, Coach Griffin may have hinted at Beasley potentially being given the starting role. It’s no secret that the Bucks hired Griffin as a defense-first coach, which makes it unsurprising that he’s talking about Beasley’s defense. However, it’s unusual that Griffin made comments about his defense, considering that he has become known as a 3-point shooter more than a defender.
We could speculate about why Griffin’s message was about defense, but regardless of his role, Beasley has proven to be a reliable perimeter threat throughout his career. You can never have too many outside scorers with the league trending that way.
Beasley has been an excellent scorer off the bench, and the Milwaukee Bucks would be banking on that continuing as a starter if they give him the nod.