No. 3 – The Milwaukee Bucks’ fifth starter candidates
Heading into training camp and the preseason, one of the bigger Bucks storylines revolved around who would be Milwaukee’s fifth starter. There were no shortage of candidates, and the preseason would be a good way to see who Adrian Griffin was leaning toward as he built his rotations before the actual season began.
Currently, Malik Beasley seems like the frontrunner to be the team’s starting two-guard. Not only has he played the most minutes of any Buck in the preseason, but he’s been pretty solid on both sides of the ball. Griffin seemingly issued a challenge to Beasley recently about playing tough on the defensive end, and the guard has seemingly taken it to heart. He’s the likeliest candidate.
Jae Crowder, who has logged the second most minutes on Milwaukee’s roster in the preseason, also has been making a case to start. After a poor year last year, Crowder has looked much more like the Crowder everyone is accustomed to seeing, making an impact on both sides of the ball. He’s got a chance to start if he keeps playing well.
Circling back to the young guys, MarJon Beauchamp is also a player many people have watched to see if he might be ready to leap into the lineup. It seems unlikely at this point, but it should not be entirely ruled out, especially if the guard keeps playing well on both ends. He’s inexperienced, but the best way to get experience may be to throw him right out there with the best of the best.
Again, Beasley seems like the frontrunner, but he is far from penciled in for the job at this point.
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