3 Key strengths of the projected starting lineup for the Milwaukee Bucks

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3 – Perimeter shooting

Sticking with scoring, one of the major ways that the Milwaukee Bucks will put points on the board is with their 3-point shooting. Outside of Giannis Antetokounmpo, all four other players in this unit range from good to historic when it comes to shooting, which will obviously make it one of the big strengths of this starting five.

Lillard and Beasley should be an electric shooting backcourt. Lillard is one of the best long distance shooters in the entire league, and he can let it fly from way beyond the arc. He’s never played with a player who draws as much attention as Antetokounmpo down low, so if teams attempt to build the wall down low, Lillard will have a great look from behind the long line.

Beasley is no slouch as a shooter either, having made the most triples off of the bench by anyone last season. Alongside the other four, he will likely oftentimes be the one with the least amount of attention, which is the dream for any perimeter shooter. Beasley will see more wide-open looks in 2023-24 than he likely has in his entire career, and he must capitalize by knocking them down.

Lopez is one of the best shooting big men in the entire league, having hit the second most triples out of any center last season, per Stat Muse. It wouldn’t be surprising if he finished top two again. Despite a down year last year, Middleton is a quality perimeter shooter, having hit 38.8 percent of his outside shots in his career and having gone above 40 percent in five seasons.

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